Terms & Conditions

We only accept max 6 people for our course. Please contact Alex at ensoluna@gmail.com to make the reservation for camp dates and ask for the payment methods.

Day 1 will begin at 9 am. 
 If you are coming into airport very early in the morning, we can pick you up from the airport and start the first day. However, if you arrive later than 8 am, then, you need to stay one night in Guatemala City, in zona 10 which is the safest hotel district.  We can recommend hotels for you to choose from and we will pick you up from the hotel.  We will provide you with our English/Spanish speaking guide phone number and other contact information.

Day 1 :
Visit ANACAFE (Asociacion National de Café): www.anacafe.org

Anacafe Introduction
Objectives and Activities of promoting Guatemalan coffee by 8 regions under the slogan “ A Rainbow of Choices”. The regions are: Acatenango Valley, Antigua Coffee, Traditional Atitlan, Rainforest Coban, Fraijanes Plateau, Highland Huehuetenango, New Orient, and Volcanic San Marcos.
A tour of the facilities while you learn about Analab coffee laboratories, a Funcafe program for children and El Cafetal, a coffee magazine.
Anacafe represents Guatemala in the ICO (International Coffee Organization) and also works with ACE (Alliance for Coffee Excellence) to perform CoE (Cup of Excellence) event annually.

Visit Café Injerto, Republica del Café and Rojo Cerezo :

During our visit in Guatemala City, we will take a tour of different specialty coffee shops where they display and promote their own branded coffees from their farms.   This gives added values to their customers by providing the awareness of their own coffee characteristics, the farms and the regions where the coffees come from. 
It is a good experience to visit few local specialty coffee shops to learn about the coffee cultures and characteristics of the individual coffee farm in Guatemala.
We will be visiting following cafes:

- Café el injerto (Winner of Cup of Excellence) with 2nd floor Barista School
- Republica del café (Winner of Cup of Excellence) with own roasting facility in house
- Rojo Cerezo (coffee shop specialist in coffee brewing methods)

In the afternoon, we travel to Quetzaltenango where our farms and factory/cupping laboratories are at.  Quetzaltenango is located about 7000 feet high on the mountain and it is perfectly in the center of the famous coffee regions.  It is about 4 hour bus ride with one stop where you can enjoy a variety of landscape extending from the cold highlands to the warm Pacific coast.  There are numerous volcanoes, hot springs, valleys and rivers.

Day 2:
In ENSOLUNA Office :
We will introduce our company and demonstrate our work in the office and the factory.

Day 2 course will include as below:

- Explanation of the different types of coffees in Guatemala
- Detailed demonstrations and explanations of 8 Regions of Guatemalan coffee
- Exploration of Coffee Culture: coffee cultivation in Guatemala, our people, our climate policy , certificates (Organic / Fair Trade / Rainforest Alliance)…etc
- Tastings of regional coffees from all different regions
- Basics of Roasting
- Coffee brewing methods: fundamental of quality coffee brewing techniques.  Learn how to control several factors that affect coffee’s taste and quality. 

We will be using brewing methods of steeping, manual drip, pressurized extraction…etc
French Press (steeping), Chemex (cone style pour over), Kalita Wave (flat bottom hand pour over), Clever Dripper (full immersion brewing), Hario V60, Toddy Cold Brewing System (cold brewed iced coffee).

Day 3 :
ENSOLUNA coffee farms visit

We will give an overview of Guatemala’s coffee industry and the history that surrounds the incredible coffee of Guatemala.   Visitors will also learn how the coffee plant grows from just a small seed to a full grown coffee tree.  For those who only experienced coffee as the final products will witness the coffee plant in various and fascinating growth stages.
The coffee bean is actually the seed of a cherry-like fruit grown on a coffee tree.  When it is ripened, it is hand-picked and stripped of its pulp so that the coffee bean can be extracted and dried.   We can wash and sun-dry the coffee beans (or machine dry) to obtain the proper moisture level (8% to 12%).  These green beans are then sorted by size, color and density. 

- History and information about the farm and region
- Types and varieties of coffees that farm produces
- Seed collection
- Coffee plantation & Nursery (Seed planting into a bag, Trans-planting of coffee trees)
- Explanation of coffee plantations and “Bird Friendly / Shade Grown” coffee (Production of Bananas, plantains, coconuts and other tropical fruits)
- Organic and chemical management in coffee plantations (Organic / Fair-trade / Rainforest Alliance) Organic fertilizer from coffee byproducts
- Harvesting Methods
- How to collect coffee cherries
- Beneficio Humedo (this refers to the entire process of coffee harvesting to the final process of parchment coffee) Wet mill, tumble-dryer and the warehousing
- Drying (patios and mechanical dryers)
- Explanation of how to improve the quality of coffee in the process (beneficio Humedo)

Back to Quetzaltenango

Day 4 :
Courses in the ENSOLUNA factory & laboratory

On this day, students will be learning in the ENSOLUNA laboratory, how to select good coffee beans for export, latte art and cupping experience.

- How the coffee samples are being obtained and selected from each farm.
- Preparation of sample coffees for laboratory work
- Selections of coffee beans to meet the export standard
- How the coffee can be profiled for each distinctive markets in the world
- How to sort out the defects in coffee beans
- Cupping experience of the samples
- Finally, how to obtain the export standard coffee samples
- Barista work: basic experience
- latte art – become an artist with coffee made drinks. 
- Cupping: basic experience

It is for our coffee lovers who are eager to learn the art of cupping.  We show the basics of the process and how to identify the characteristics of a good cup of coffee

 Ensoluna Coffee Camp Certification will be provided after completing the course & Student photo shoot.
Farewell dinner for our seminar participants

Day 5:

Transfer to Antigua, Guatemala.
Our Company has a Ensoluna Club House in Antigua. Our Club house has 3 bed rooms, 2200 square feet of living space, two stories, 3 bathrooms. Upon your choosing, you can stay there (about 15 minute walking distances to Central Park, Antigua) or stay close to the Central Park where many hotels are available.

Antigua is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala, one of the world’s best preserved colonial cities, as well as numerous wonderful ruins of colonial churches.  It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and very well known for some of the finest coffee in the world.  You will have the chance to see some of the most important cultural and historical sights of Antigua: El Cerro de La Cruz, Cathedral in Central Park, San Francisco Church, La Merced, Calle del Arco, Museo del Jade and Casa Santo Domingo.
We will arrive around 1 or 2 pm.

You will have a free time to walk around and enjoy the city for the rest of the day.

Day 6 :

On this day, we will be visiting several specialty coffee shops in Antigua and also visiting coffee farms along with coffee mills and other related places in and around Antigua City.
Antigua coffee is internationally renowned for THE BEST KNOWN coffee among foreigners, basically due to this city.  You will find so many foreigners roaming around the city and will find countless specialty coffee shops with their own coffee brands.  
The Antigua region produces well known and highly rated specialty coffees that rank with the most flavorful and nuanced coffees in the world.  This region is located between three volcanoes in the valley (Agua, Fuego and Acatenango) with a climate perfect for cultivating coffee.  Bourbon, Caturra and Catuai coffee beans are grown in this region and harvested between January to Mid-March.  Antigua coffee is described as having a full and velvety body, a rich and lively aroma, a fine chocolaty acidity and a very sweet taste.  It is known as the most well balanced coffee in entire Guatemala’s 8 regions.

- Demonstrate how the coffee farm has evolved from just a farm to a tourism oriented coffee farm so that it can be more profitable.
- Visit to Beneficio Seco to show how a dry mill works and experience the step by step process
- Visit several coffee shops that sells Ensoluna coffee to experience several different regions of coffees for different types of coffee serving methods

Day 7:

Departure of the participants


If you are willing to stay few weeks to few months in our company in Guatemala to learn about all the basics of coffee business and techniques (roasting, cupping, barista, operating various coffee process related machines..etc), we also offer an apprenticeship program. If interested, please contact Alex at ensoluna@gmail.com for more information.