Dom. Guatemala, Abel Ortiz, pache san ramon, WSHD


The Dom, Sweet & Familiar

Our standard for a familiar cup.  The Dom is a very forgiving coffee thanks to its balanced acidity, big body, and sweetness. Expect rich chocolates, toasted nuts, and mild fruit in the back end to keep it interesting. The Dom was the first and only Modus profile back in 2016 so it has a special place in many hearts. This is the one we recommend for your everyday black coffee. 

  • body 40% 40%
  • sweetness 50% 50%
  • acidity 10% 10%

The Dom right now & origin details

Abels coffee is part of a multi year initiative we have buying from his group, part of the Xinca, first peoples of Guatemala – they are also in a long legal and political battle with a Vancouver based mining corporation encroaching on their land. This is year 4 working with Cafe Colis Resistencia and every year their coffees have been excellent. Being a Vancouver based roaster, we make an effort to buy as much of their coffee as possible, to the point where the Dom, all year round, is from Cafe Colis Resistencia.


Notes: bosc pear, chocolate shortbread, peanut brittle

Country: Guatemala, El Escobal, San Miguel, Mataquescuintla. Jalapa

Producer / Mill / Group: Campo Nuevo, Abel Ortiz (El Aguacate) of Cafe Colis Resistencia

Elevation/Size: 1650m ,  2ha

Process: Washed

Variety: paces/pache san ramon

Harvested: spring 2023.

Importer: Brendan @ Semilla

Washed process. From our importing partners: Cherries are picked at peak ripeness before being floated in water to remove all the under ripe fruit. Next, the coffee is depulped using a communal ecopulper and the seeds are fermented for 50 – 65 hours in sealed bags. The coffee is then moved to raised beds where it is dried for between 18-20 days. Once drying is complete, the parchment coffee is stored in sealed plastic bags, inside another thicker nylon bag to ensure the humidity remains stable.

We have been buying Abels coffee since the beginning almost, back in 2019 or so. He was one of the first and original members of the Cafe Colis Resistencia group. Being a 3rd generation coffee grower he’s looked after his own farm since 2000. Moving away from the local wetmill, as of 2021 the group has secured their own ecopuplers to help with consistency, keeping most all of it in-house. With Abels involvement in pushing back agains the Escoboal Silver mine, it’s helped to garner higher prices for everyones coffee in the region, working to improve quality heavily over the past couple of years. 

Pache, or Pache san Ramon, or Pache Comun is a dwarf mutation from the Typica cultivar. First discovered in Guatemala and very common in the Mataquescuintla area. Best adapted to elevations over 1200 meters above sea level, and in regions with less than 2,500mls of rainfall/year. The plant itself grows smaller (referred to as a Dwarf), the benefit being it can be planted closer together to get more yields in a smaller area.