The department of Huehuetenango is located near the Guatemalan-Mexico border and is a region known for its rugged landscapes, high elevation (1,500-1,900 masl), and diverse Mayan heritage. This coffee is culmination of work by approximately 120 family producers in the municipalities of San Pedro Necta and La Libertad. Many producers here identify as Maya, speak one of the seven local dialects, and work on their farms dressed in colorful, hand-loomed textiles associated with their individual communities - a tradition that contributes to Guatemala's rich culture and to the unique identity of this coffee-growing country.
Ixlama is a shade-grown coffee that is harvested and brought to mill at Caserio Teogal Aldea San Martin, located near the town of Todos Santos. At mill, the coffees are sun-dried on cement patios for four days before being placed in "guardiolas," a type of coffee dryer patented by a Guatemalan resident in 1872. The coffees are then computer-sorted by color and separated by density mechanically, resulting in a superior, clean, and bright cup.