The De Leóns on Bringing Coffee Back to Origin


The father-son duo of Jorge De León and Jorge De León Jr. have a mission: bringing Guatemalan coffee to Guatemala.

Coffee may be one of its biggest exports, but this Latin American nation doesn’t yet have a strong specialty coffee-drinking scene. The De Leóns are concerned that its best coffee is only being drunk in other countries, and so are dedicating their lives to changing that. They do so by working towards coffee education and the creation of a coffee culture.

Both experienced cuppers, they also run Castell Café. For there, they prepare gourmet coffee from different regions of the country, using a variety of brew methods.

The Perfect Daily Grind interviewed the De Leóns recently – chatted about their coffee stories, along with what they hope to achieve for specialty coffee in Guatemala.