and be part of the POP revolution for artisanal coffee!

Join our community

Finca El Tambor

El Durazno, Palencia, Guatemala

Our days on the estate, the rediscovered coffee and the mine

Victor Calderon represents the 5th generation of coffee farmers.
El Tambor’s previous owner had converted the farm to coffee during the 1960s. As price volatility worsened during the late 1980s, he granted mineral rights to a mining company.


Throughout the 1990s, the farm was abandoned, until Victor bought the farm (2001).

Love for the earth and innovative ideas for turning clay into a resource

Coffee estate features

He sold his house and car in exchange for El Tambor and immediately set about renovating the coffee plots.


When coffee leaf rust became apparent, he was concerned about using the chemically based fungicides widely recommended. Realising that fungi favour acidic environments, he had tried several alkaline solutions to apply the plants. In his research he read that clay is very alkaline, and his thoughts returned to El Tambor’s mining history.


Mines leave a lot of clay and Victor suspected that this clay may provide just the solution to rust. He came to a unique recipe that has enabled to fight off coffee leaf rust with minimal environmental impact. This method is ecologically friendly and poses no threat to workers’ health.

How the company is structured and where the name comes from

All farm’s employees have permanent residence on the farm and 10% of the farm is given over to the workers to produce their own vegetables. Nearly half the farm has been left under forest.

El Tambor means ‘The Drum’: it is assumed that the name comes from the sounds of an underground river pounding under the ground, making a drum-like sound.

Finca El Tambor
El Tambor estate

Some data

  • Botanical varieties: Bourbon
  • Processing: fully washed
  • Harvest: December – April
  • Drying: sun dried on patios
  • Altitude: 1.676 – 1.860 m asl

You’ll find these beans in these coffees:

up to date

Sign up so we can update you on the availability of all our new products and give you access to benefits just for you!

Questo sito web utilizza i cookie

Utilizziamo i cookie per personalizzare la tua esperienza utente e per studiare come viene utilizzato il nostro sito web. Acconsenti ai nostri cookie, se continui ad utilizzare questo sito web.