Although much of the coffee produced in Antigua originates from large estates, handed down from generation-to-generation in the Spanish families who settled there; many remains at the hands of indigenous smallholder farmers scattered across the slopes of the region’s volcanoes.
The brainchild of fourth-generation coffee farmer and owner of the Beneficio Bella Vista, Luis Pedro Zelaya, the Hunapu project seeks both to isolate top-quality coffees and help Antigua's indigenous population increase their infrastructure for producing high-quality coffees.
The criteria these coffees must meet in order to be bear the name "Hunapu" - meaning "mountain of flowers" - is rigid and begins with 100% bourbon variety cherries collected from amidst the mixed-shade micro-climate and nutrient-rich, volcanic soil Antigua is known for. Farmers deliver ripe, sorted cherries to Beneficio Bella Vista where they undergo a long, cool fermentation and thorough washing before being dried on raised beds.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.