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“As Green As It Gets Coffee Tour”

De La Gente - Private Tours
Ranked #1 of 14 Food & Drink in Antigua
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Do you want a one-of-a-kind, true Guatemalan experience while supporting local communities, interacting with local Guatemalans and getting off the beaten path? Meet farmers and artisans and work alongside them in their homes, as you create your own souvenir and memories to last a lifetime. No experience necessary - just a sense of adventure. De la Gente is a non-profit that offers community tourism as a way to create a real cultural experience by encouraging interaction between visitors and local Guatemalans, as well as to supplement income for the farmers and artisans. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of the people who visit us while having an impact on the lives of the people and communities with whom we work on a daily basis.
Louisville, Colorado
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“As Green As It Gets Coffee Tour”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Our day spent with Froilan (coffee farmer) and Joe (excellent translator) on the side of Volcan Agua was a highlight of our trip to Guatemala. The planning and execution was effortless. The tour involved walking up to the farmer's plantation (about 40 min) and around town abit- bring walking shoes, a hat and water. This was a perfect outing for 2 families with teenagers. The teens were engaged the whole time. We picked, processed, roasted and drank coffee. Our family learned a great deal about coffee- biology, economics, local geography, and history as well as meeting locals who grow coffee. We came away with new appreciation for every cup of coffee! Seeing how a small NGO operates and can do so much positive work was enlightening. Our lunch experience with the farmer's family was priceless. We all felt this was the 'real deal' - no glam here, just extremely dedicated farmers and NGO workers making a difference. Riding the chicken bus out to San Miguel de Escobar from Antigua was an amazing experience as well. The $25 pp was well worth the tour, lunch and a bag of their incredible coffee. This coop of 23 or so farmers is making an impact on the lives of coffee farmers!!

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Couldn't recommend this enough”
Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

This has by far been the best thing we've done on our trip through Central America so far. We were very close to booking a coffee plantation with another company when we came across a leaflet for AGAIG at our hostel. We emailed the company and managed to get booked in for two days time with Fredi (the farmer) and Francesco Ricco (our brilliant translator). We caught a tuk tuk 10 minutes out of the city and met with Fredi and Francesco who then walked us to the plantation. We spent an hour in the fields, harvesting the coffee and learning some really interesting facts about how it's grown. We then walked back to Fredi's house where we learnt how to separate the first class coffee from the second class, and were then taught the drying process. The next stage was the roasting process which is when we were introduced to Fredi's lovely wife. We roasted and then crushed down the coffee which we then mixed into boiling water. Once ready we took the coffee outside and sat with Fredi, Francesco and his wife and drank coffee with them.

If you are looking for an authentic and realistic Guatemalan experience then definitely give this a try. The best thing about it is that we paid the money for the tour directly to Fredi, which was a great feeling. Try to ask for Francesco if you need a translator as he's excellent.

Thank you so much for this wonderful experience, we haven't stopped raving about it!

Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Get to know how the locals live and work”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

I highly recommend the As Green As It Gets artisan and coffee tours while visiting Antigua if you want to meet the locals and get an idea of how the local coffee co-op farmer lives and operates and how an artisan makes a living in Guatemala. I did the coffee tour and the textile tour. For $30US each, you can't go wrong. The coffee tour is a must for anyone who drinks coffee. On the coffee tour, a local coffee farmer from the co-op (and a translator) will take you to his land on the side of the Picaya volcano to talk to you about the plants and do some picking. It is a 40 minute walk up hill to get there so this tour will not be for everyone. When back in town you will be able to experience a local farmer's house where you will be shown how the coffee is husked, dried, sorted and roasted. You will now appreciate a cup of coffee even more knowing how labour intensive the whole process is. I also did the textile tour with Elvia who makes purses out of the traditional Mayan dress material. Elvia and a translator escorted us to Elvia's house where she explained the different Mayan dress to us. We then chose our material for our purses which Elvia helped us sew. No sewing experience is necessary as Elvia will do most of the sewing. We learned about the Mayan textiles, met her family who were making chipatees, enjoyed a lunch in Elvia's home and got a very unique purse to take home with us. Where else are you going experience something like this?

Visited March 2014
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Los Angeles
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“Coffee!!!!!”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

We met Fredy Jr. and Joe (our fantastic translator) in Plaza San Miguel Escobar. It was an easy 10 minute taxi ride from the center of Antigua.

We walked with Fredy and Joe (we're three girls in our early 30s) up to the coffee plantations. We learned about As Green As It Gets' mission, as well as all about making coffee! I think Fredy still owes us compensation for the coffee berries we picked ;)

After picking the coffee berries, we walked back to Fredy's home. We learned all about how the coffee goes from the berry to the wonderful cup of coffee that we all enjoy drinking.

My friends and I loved this tour! Fredy was so sweet, and very open to sharing how he became a coffee farmer. These are incredible stories. This was also an extremely authentic experience, no smoke and mirrors. By the way, Fredy makes a really good cup of coffee which you'll be able to enjoy in his home. Great tour! I would recommend it without any hesitations. Support these farmers who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their family!

Visited February 2014
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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“Highlight of our trip to Guatemala”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

The tour first began meeting Miguel, Joe, and Spike in Plaza San Miguel Escobar, in which Miguel introduced us to the town by sharing its history. We then walked to the fincas, with 3 volcanoes in view (Fuego, Agua, and Acatenango). Among the trees, we learned how the seeds are selected, how the trees are planted, and the arabica "cherries" are picked. We continued on to Miguel's house, in which we hulled the beans from the the cherries (pretty awesome bicycle-copper drum invention) and examined the next steps of rinsing, drying, and inspecting for "defectivos". Miguel's kind wife, Amelia, then welcomed us into her kitchen and displayed how to roast and grind the beans by hand. We then ate the most delicious lunch and enjoyed our fresh coffee as a most special dessert.

I cannot express how interesting, both culturally and biologically, this tour is. Miguel is an incredibly hard worker with extensive knowledge of his field. I laud As Green As It Gets for making this experience accessible to travelers - I now appreciate all that goes into my coffee and take delight in it even more. Be sure to take a tour if you're in Antigua! We took a taxi from there (about a 10-15 minute ride, 70Q for 2 people) and chicken bus-ed it back (only 3 Q per person). Depending on what time of year, wear closed toe shoes if you mind your feet getting dusty - you're literally traversing among the fields!

We are so glad to have supported such a wonderful co-op.

Visited February 2014
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