70 YEARS PRODUCING THE BEST COFFEE IN THE WORLD

  • About us

    UNEX is a company with more than 70 years of experience in the coffee business affiliated to the Japanese group ITOCHU. Our team is made up of highly experienced and professional people; through very clear objectives and a great team effort, UNEX has positioned itself as one of the best coffee exporters in Guatemala with a level of recognition for its quality and for our clients worldwide.

    Code of Conduct 

  • Our Mission

    Our philosophy is very simple and clear, and is based on the belief that all our activities must benefit our customers, our employees and our environment for the business to be sustainable, through good business practices, innovation and continuous improvement in our industrial efficiencies.

  • Vision

    Strengthen our commercial capacities, encouraging the growth of our supply chain system, exploring key coffee regions in order to provide new options and generate business opportunities.
    Create synergies bonding with producers to develop sustainability programs to strengthen their capabilities, encouraging their education, bearing in mind social and environmental aspects.

  • Values

    • Integrity
    • Honesty
    • Respect

OUR HISTORY

1940

Foundation of Compañía Mercantil De Sola, dedicated to the commerce of specialty coffees.

1973

Name change to Comercial Pamplona, S.A., dedicated to the processing of coffee.

1998

UNEX S.A. de C.V., a Salvadorian Company formed by most of the original shareholders of Comercial Pamplona, S.A., becomes a major shareholder.

2000

The name of the Company changes from Comercial Pamplona, S.A. to UNEX (Guatemala), S.A.

2004

Itochu Corporation is incorporated as shareholder of UNEX (Guatemala), S.A.

2010

Itochu becomes major shareholder of the Company, giving a new perspective to the business.

2020

Today, our business model has changed, the scope enhanced by procuring more coffee from cherry, adding wet mill operations to be closer to the small coffee producer, adopting strict food and safety protocols, thus setting a higher standard in the coffees exported.

UNEX has also set a high bar in the social corporate responsibility realm in the Guatemalan coffee sector, offering a wide range of programs to support the coffee producer and their livelihoods, through alliances with the most prestigious organizations that provide innovative programs in the areas of Health, Education, Sustainability and Climate Change.
 

OUR OPERATIONS

 

OUR BRANDS

  •  KUKULKAN
    KUKULKAN

    Region: Nuevo Oriente
    Harvesting Season: December - March
    Altitude: 1300 – 1700 masl
    Type of Shade Tree: Metamorphic and Clay
    Coffee Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Pache
    Cup Profile: Well balanced and full-bodied for a consistent coffee throughout.

    Coffee has been cultivated in this region since the 1950s, mostly by small producers.  Today, it is has grown as virtually every farm on the mountain has become a coffee-producing unit and what was once one of Guatemala´s poorest and most isolated areas is now vibrant and growing.  

    Climate in this region is rainy and cloudy, Oriente is located on what was once a volcanic range.

    UNEX collects coffee in 4 wet mill operations in this area from small producers. Small producers receive trainings with the MOCCA initiative by UNEX, as well as Recreational Centers and Medical and Dental Clinics year-round.

    BIODIVERSITY
  •  CHAK MOOL
    CHAK MOOL
    Region: Santa Rosa
    Harvesting Season: December - March
    Altitude: 1300 – 1700 masl
    Soil: Metamorphic and Clay
    Coffee Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Pache

    Today, Santa Rosa has become an important region for UNEX thanks to its profile, a coffee that is well balanced and full bodied with a chocolaty flavor, lending a solid base for importers and roasters around the world.

    UNEX has 4 wet mill operations in this area, concentrating a healthy volume from small producers from various villages, all with strict quality controls and up-to-date trainings.
    BIODIVERSITY
  •  ACATENANGO VALLEY
    ACATENANGO VALLEY
    Harvesting Season: Dec – Mid March
    Process: Washed, Sun and Mechanical drying
    Altitude: 1300 – 2000 masl
    Soil: volcanic with pumice
    Coffee Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuaí
    Cup Profile: Vanilla aroma, Silky body, Citric acidity, Chocolate notes and Sugar canes sweetness

    Acatenango is one of the eight coffee regions of Guatemala, it sits at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. You’ll find leafy forests nourished by the minerals produced in nearby volcanic explosions. Temperature gusts from the Pacific Ocean and marked seasons allow coffee to be sun-dried and its processing follows age-old family traditions. The San Martín Jilotepeque area shares come of these microclimatic influences becoming the origin of high quality coffees that UNEX also commercializes under the Valle de Volcanes brand.

    Coffee from these regions is sourced in cherry. It is collected every day by producers and agents from the area, who work closely with UNEX (Guatemala), S.A.
    The cherries are delivered on a daily basis to the company’s mill, Santa Bárbara, located in the town of Alotenango, some 40 Kilometers away from the Acatenango town, some 40 Kilometers away from the Acatenango town and 48 kilometers from the town of San Martín Jilotepeque. Here it receives the wet process and is properly dried for its transfer to the company’s dry mill, Ixchel, near the capital city.

    Coffee rest in parchment until it is prepared for exports. Control points facilitate the tracing of every batch back to its reception in the wet mill.
    BIODIVERSITY
  •  ALOM ANTIGUA REGION
    ALOM ANTIGUA REGION
    Hearvesting Season: Jam – Mid March
    Process: Washed, Sundried
    Altitude: 1500 – 1700 masl
    Soil: Volcanic with pumice
    Coffee Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Cauaí
    Cup Profile: Vanilla aroma, Silky body, Ciric acidity, Chocolate and caramel notes, Floral and pleasant fragrance

    Antigua Guatemala in one of Anacafe’s eight coffee regions, where one of the word’s finest and most distinctive coffees are grown. The mountain basin that sorrounds the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala boasts sunny days and cool nights with low humidity. There are three volcanoes that surrounds the area, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, providing its rich volcanic soil with pumice, helping retain moisture to counteract the low rainfall average.

    Coffee from this region is sourced in cherry. It is collected every day by producers and agents from the area who work closely with UNEX (Guatemala), S.A.

    Cherries are delivered on a daily basis to the company’s mill, Santa Bárbara, located in a town named Alotenango, some 15 kilometers away from the Antigua City center. Here it receives the wet process and is properly dried for later transportation to the company’s dry mill named Ixchel, located near the capital city.

    Coffee rest in parchment until preparation for exportation purposes is required. Control points facilitate the tracing of every batch back to its reception in the wet mill.
    BIODIVERSITY
  •  MAM HUEHUETENANGO
    MAM HUEHUETENANGO
    Harvesting Season: January – April
    Process: Washed, Sun and Mechanical drying
    Altitude: 1500 – 2000 masl
    Soil: Volcanic
    Coffee Variety: Bourbon, Canturra, Pache, Catuaí
    Cup Profile: Marked acidity, Moderate body, with fine wine notes.

    Huehuetenango is one of the eight coffee regions of Guatemala, located in the Northwest part of the country, surrounded by mountains and many rivers that nourish its soils. It is also home of the “Cuchumatanes” mountain range. The Mam people, direct descendants of the Mayas, settled here centuries ago.

    The extreme remoteness of the region virtually requires all producers to wet mill their own coffee. UNEX (Guatemala), S.A. collects the parchment from the hands of trusted producers and middlemen from the zone.

    The sourcing and cupping teams of the company work closely with the suppliers in order to ensure high quality standards before they deliver the product in our purchasing agency, located in Huehuetenango City. Coffee is then moved to the company’s dry mill, Ixchel, where it rest in parchment until it is prepared for exports. Control points facilitate the tracing of every batch back to the supplier.
    BIODIVERSITY
  •  NIMAK KAPE ATITLÁN
    NIMAK KAPE ATITLÁN
    Harvesting Season: December – March
    Process: Washed, Sun dried
    Altitude: 1500 – 1700 masl
    Soil: Volcanic
    Coffee Variety: Bourbon, Típica Caturra, Catuaí
    Cup Profile: Citric acidity, Round body, Floral and Jasmine Notes

    Atitlán is one of the eight coffee regions of Guatemala. Three spectacular volcanoes frames its landscape: Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro. This region is also blessed with the serenity of Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Every day the winds (called Xocomil) stir the cold lake waters, an important influence on the region’s microclimate.

    Coffee from this region is sourced in cherry. It is collected every day by producers and small producer’s agents from the area who work closely with UNEX (Guatemala), S.A.

    Cherries are delivered on a daily basis to the company’s wet mill, located in a little town nestled by the water called San Lucas Tolimán. Here, cherries follow the wet process. When they reach their perfect drying stage, the coffee is transported to the company’s dry mill Ixchel, near the capital city.

    Coffee rest in parchment until the milling stage for exports. Control points facilitate the tracing of every batch back to its reception at the wet mill.
    BIODIVERSITY
  •  SANTA BÁRBARA
    SANTA BÁRBARA
    Harvesting Season: Jan – Mid March
    Process: Washed, Sundried
    Altitude: 1500 – 1700 masl
    Soil: Volcanic with pumice
    Coffee Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuaí
    Cup Profile: Vanilla aroma, Silky body, Citric acidity, Chocolate and caramel notes, Floral and preasant fragrance

    Antigua Guatemala is one of Anacafé’s eight coffee regions, where one of the world’s finest and mos distinctive coffees are grown. The mountain basin that surrounds the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala Boasts sunny days and cool nights with low humidity. There are three volcanoes that surround the area, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, providing its rich volcanic soil with pumice, helping retain moisture to counteract the low rainfall average.

    Coffee from this region is sourced in cherry. It is collected every day by producers and agents from the area who work closely with UNEX (Guatemala), S.A.

    Cherries are delivered on a daily basis to the company’s mill, Santa Bárbara, located in a town named Alotenango, somo 15 kilometers away from the Antigua City center. Here it receives the wet process and is properly dried for later transportation to the company’s dry mill named Ixchel, located near the capital city.

    Coffee rest in parchment until preparation purposes is required. Control points facilitate the racing of every batch back to its reception in the wet mill.

    This coffee is directly linked to UNEX’s Social Project Initiatives, which provide assistance to producers in our four pillars: Health through our Medical and Dental Clinic, Child Care with Coffee Kindergarten and Coffee Camp During the high peak of harvesting Sustainability and Climate Change Through our alliances to provide Workshops.
    BIODIVERSITY
 
SPECIALTY COFFEE
SPECIALTY COFFEE

WE HAVE CREATED A SPECIALTY COFFEE LINE TO CATER TO IMPORTERS AND ROASTERS AROUND THE WORLD WITH COFFEES FROM SMALL PRODUCER ASSOCIATIONS AND ESTATES TO OFFER THE WIDEST RANGE OF FLAVORS, EACH WITH FULL TRACEABILITY AND BACKGROUND. OUR MENU INCLUDES:

REGIONAL BLENDS WITH SCAA CUPPING SCORES

ESTATE COFFEES WITH OR WITHOUT CERTIFICATIONS SUCH AS RFA AND UTZ

RIO COLORADO ESTATE
ASOCIACIÓN PEQUEÑOS PRODUCTORES DE ALOTENANGO
ASOCIACIÓN COMAL
LA SUIZA ESTATE
FOR OUR FULL PORTFOLIO, CONTACT US AT TRADING@UNEXGUATEMALA.COM

  • RIO COLORADO ESTATE

    Location: Palencia, Guatemala
    Altitude: 420 -6200 feet
    Varieties: Bourbon, Caturra, Maracaturra, Catuai, Pacamara
    Harvest: December - April
    Process: Wet mill, sundried in patios

    Rio Colorado is located in the Municipality of Palencia, 62 kilometers from the capital city of Guatemala. Originally, the farm was owned by the Colom brothers, who inherited the farm from their father in 1920. Mr. José Colom took possession of the farm in 1950 when he returned from California after completing his studies in agriculture. He was a true pioneer of coffee in Palencia, promoting the crop within his neighbors by providing free seedlings so coffee could become the main crop in Palencia.

    Today, Río Colorado is a family business run by Ana Beatriz Colom, her husband and their two grown children with special attention to high quality coffees, producing their own seedlings to ensure quality and manage renovations. The state has its own traditional wet mill, where the coffee is the pulped and washed daily. The pulp is then used to produce organic fertilizer for the coffee plantation. Residual waters are treated effectively in natural tanks to prevent river contamination.

    There are three beautiful rivers that border the farm: Colorado (Where the state name comes from), Danta and San Miguel, and there are also seven artificial ponds. In addition, there is a natural forest reserve of 533 hectares, mainly with pine, cypress and oak varieties. Rio Colorado is the first farm in the municipality of Palencia to use earthworm compost as an organic fertilizer, for which they have red worm beds where they also use recycled coffee waste.

  • ASOCIACIÓN PEQUEÑOS PRODUCTORES DE ALOTENANGO

    Technical Information

    Location: Alotenango, Sacatepéquez Guatemala
    Varieties: Bourbon, Canturra, Sarchimor, Marsellesa
    Altitude: 1174 to 1900 masl
    Producers in the Association: 175

    Association Background:
    In 1999 after sys producers joined together to purchase fertilizer, the idea came about to collectively trade their coffee. During the first year, 27 producers joined the efforts and on 2002 they formatted the association in order to process their products, hence reaping more benefits and a better price, always looking to sell their coffee the best way possible, keeping consistency in their coffee, picking at the ripest and sundrying in patios. After several years, while pursuing their quest to find the best web mill facilities, Don Juan Cojolón heard about UNEX and the Santa Bárbara wet mill, so the association began processing and selling the association’s coffee since 2003.

    Main Objectives: Promote coffee production within the community, focused on training and the participation in activities to help develop good agricultural practices, respecting the natural resources and improving production, providing an opportunity to compete with their quality to improve the financial stability of the small producer and their family livelihood.

    Main activities”
    • Active participation in training process and certifications
    • Coordinate donations when received
    • Logistics and collection of wet cherries
    • Coffee sales of cherries collected from the members
    • Coffee quality control

  • ASOCIACIÓN COMAL

    Varieties: Catimor, caturra, pache rojo, catuai, bourbon
    Altitude: 1200 a 1650 msnm
    Location: La Democracia, Colotenango, La Libertad, San Pedro Necta
    Producers in the Association: 250
    Projects: 2020 Coffee Kids
    Other certifications: Organic and Fairtrade
    Volume per year: 3,250 bags

    Rio Colorado is located in the Municipality of Palencia, 62 kilometers from the capital city of Guatemala. Originally, the farm was owned by the Colom brothers, who inherited the farm from their father in 1920. Mr. José Colom took possession of the farm in 1950 when he returned from California after completing his studies in agriculture. He was a true pioneer of coffee in Palencia, promoting the crop within his neighbors by providing free seedlings so coffee could become the main crop in Palencia.

    Today, Río Colorado is a family business run by Ana Beatriz Colom, her husband and their two grown children with special attention to high quality coffees, producing their own seedlings to ensure quality and manage renovations. The state has its own traditional wet mill, where the coffee is the pulped and washed daily. The pulp is then used to produce organic fertilizer for the coffee plantation. Residual waters are treated effectively in natural tanks to prevent river contamination.

    There are three beautiful rivers that border the farm: Colorado (Where the state name comes from), Danta and San Miguel, and there are also seven artificial ponds. In addition, there is a natural forest reserve of 533 hectares, mainly with pine, cypress and oak varieties. Rio Colorado is the first farm in the municipality of Palencia to use earthworm compost as an organic fertilizer, for which they have red worm beds where they also use recycled coffee waste.

  • LA SUIZA ESTATE

    Location: San Vicente Pacaya
    Altitude: Up to 1500
    Varieties: Caturra, Pache
    Process: Tradicional Washed
    Production: 825 bags green cofee
    Soil: Volcanic
    Tupe: Strictly Hard Bean

    Rio Colorado is located in the Municipality of Palencia, 62 kilometers from the capital city of Guatemala. Originally, the farm was owned by the Colom brothers, who inherited the farm from their father in 1920. Mr. José Colom took possession of the farm in 1950 when he returned from California after completing his studies in agriculture. He was a true pioneer of coffee in Palencia, promoting the crop within his neighbors by providing free seedlings so coffee could become the main crop in Palencia.

    Today, Río Colorado is a family business run by Ana Beatriz Colom, her husband and their two grown children with special attention to high quality coffees, producing their own seedlings to ensure quality and manage renovations. The state has its own traditional wet mill, where the coffee is the pulped and washed daily. The pulp is then used to produce organic fertilizer for the coffee plantation. Residual waters are treated effectively in natural tanks to prevent river contamination.

    There are three beautiful rivers that border the farm: Colorado (Where the state name comes from), Danta and San Miguel, and there are also seven artificial ponds. In addition, there is a natural forest reserve of 533 hectares, mainly with pine, cypress and oak varieties. Rio Colorado is the first farm in the municipality of Palencia to use earthworm compost as an organic fertilizer, for which they have red worm beds where they also use recycled coffee waste.

 
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CONTACT

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FAX: (502) 2219-3407 / (502) 2470-1010