Mr. Petronilo de Jesús Martínez is originally from the departmental capital of Huehuetenango. In the year 1960, his father Gumercindo Martínez (who was part of the first 4 coffee producers in Hoja Blanca, Cuilco, Huehuetenango); he inherited an area of 2 hectares to establish his first coffee lot.
From 1969 to 1973, Mr. Petronilo was president of the first Cooperative of Small Producers in the region. At that time, his harvest was 5 quintals of parchment coffee. By the year 1974 his harvest increased to 22 quintals, the result of his work and implementation of techniques that managed to improve his production. Knowing how to use the profits and wanting to continue growing, he acquired other lots of coffee, with which he also found himself in need of building his own wet mill and drying area.
From 1996 to date, "Finca El Amate" maintains an annual production of 700 quintals of parchment. Mr. Petronilo exported his first batch to the United States in 2004. Being a lover of the production of good coffee, at 78 years old and with the help of his young son Petronilo Junior, he will strengthen making specialty coffees that are currently exported to countries like the United States and Canada.
In the last 5 years, given the need to offer new processes to clients, El Amate farm began to process natural coffees, managing to position itself among the winners of the first edition of the One of a Kind Guatemala auction.
This year, it is also a participant in the international round of the 2023 Cup of Excellence auction.
Farm NameEL AMATE Y ANEXOS
FarmerMARTINEZ CASTILLO, PETRONILO DE JESUS