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Shangrila Coffee Roastery

San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
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About Shangrila Coffee Roastery
We offer a unique coffee tour. First a guide will walk you through coffee fields. All coffee is shade grown on small plots and handpicked. You will see how coffee is grown and in season witness harvesting. We then show you how coffee is being processed and roasted at our artesian plant and coffee roast lab. Add ons to the tour including coffee tasting, a chocolate tour etc are available.
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li w wrote a review Jul 2021
Tel Aviv, Israel3 contributions3 helpful votes
An exceptional family experience with great added value. Learning about each step of the way the coffee does from seed to our morning drink. Patiently and thoroughly Osnat and Tim walked us and the children through the coffee journey, demonstrating and answering all of our questions. The walk through the plantation and wood was a great beginning. The business is socio and eco friendly, fair trade for the benefit of local population, local business and nature. The coffee itself is great. Highly recommended
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Yiftach T wrote a review Dec 2020
Patnem, India5 contributions1 helpful vote
Excellent and super informative. Our family took this amazing tour today and had an absolute wonderful time. Osnat took us on a walk up the mountainside and showed us what coffee plants grown by individual farmers look like. She explained tons about the cultivation process, why this area is so great for coffee growing and we got to see coffee plants and coffee plant lots in many states and stages, with in-depth explanations about all of them. We learned about the process and the economics of small scale coffee farming and about how Shangrila invests great efforts in ensuring consistent quality while supporting the local economy. Their coffee is literally planted, grown, harvested, processed and roasted all within the village of San Marcos. At the Roastery, we got to see all stages of processing and roasting (the roasting room smells so goood), with lots of great info about the process and the differences between types of coffee that can be made and different options for different outputs. In short -Do Not Miss This Tour. Also - they have a store where you can buy great locally produced organic or semi-organic items, for really great prices (lower than elsewhere I've seen). And finally - the views are simply incredible. Thanks Osnat and Tim for a wonderful experience. p.s. We also learned that our favorite coffee at a restaurant across the lake, is Shangrila coffee.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Tara wrote a review Mar 2020
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Me and my partner did this coffeetour last November. The views were amazing and although the electricity wasn't working and part of the tour (the coffeeoven as I like to call it) was cancelled, we had a great time. Tim and his wife were very nice to us and let us have a cup of coffee on the balcony of their own house. We would recommend this tour strongly to anyone that wants to learn a little bit more about coffee through a very local coffee roastery. Tim I also have a question for you. Me and my partner really loved your (black) tshirt with the print of the lake Atitlan mountians. May I ask you where you got it from and if it is possible to purchase these online? I would like to surprise my partner with one as we had such a great time in this place. Much thanks in advance!! Tara
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from timr236, Owner at Shangrila Coffee Roastery
Responded Mar 28, 2020
Thank you for your review. I´m glad you had a good time despite the technical diffuclties. By now we managed to install a generator backup so we can guarantee to be able to do the roast demonstation even if the town electricty fails (happens a lot) The shirt was from the "voices from the lake" music festival. see if you can find them. If not I´m sure a t-shirt printing shop could make you one. I send you a picture of the design if needed. my whatapp: 455233395 Sincerly Tim Reher
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Vivienne S wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada6 contributions1 helpful vote
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Thanks, Tim, for a most insightful tour. Until visiting Shangrila, I'd never seen a coffee cherry before, let alone tasted one. We did an amazing walk-through of his facility, where he walked us through every single step of the process, from working with the local farmers, to the cherry selection processing, to hulling, to roasting and every detailed step in between. We were a group of nine women firing questions at him endlessly, and he kept up with us. (I guess he'd had his coffee)
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from timr236, Owner at Shangrila Coffee Roastery
Responded Mar 5, 2020
I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. Sincerely Tim Reher
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Laura B wrote a review Feb 2020
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Thank you Tim for a fantastic and informative tour. There is so much to know about coffee from tree to the cup and Tim explained it so well. We enjoyed a lovely walk up the hill from town and Tim stopped to show us coffee tree and explain how coffee grows and how it is bought and sold and "fair-trade" is not always that fair. At the roasters we were able to taste a coffee cherry and see how they are sorted and processed before roasting. Tim explained the science of roasting and how dark doesn't equal flavour. We were able to purchase coffee to take home and I am looking forward to roasting my green beans I purchased. This tour is a must for all coffee drinkers. You'll also get some great views as well as the opportunity to see more of the indigenous village. A note to visitors: Please be respectful in your attire as you walk through the village to and from the roasters. No bare shoulders, midriff or short skirts and shorts.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from timr236, Owner at Shangrila Coffee Roastery
Responded Feb 26, 2020
Thank you very much for your detailed reviews and recommendations to fellow travelers. Sincerely Tim Reher
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