Current Coffee: Guaya'b Asociación Civil Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Beachwood holds a lot of meaning to us. The name comes from Beachwood Canyon in Los Angeles, the canyon where we—Ally and Casey—met back in 2013. A place known for its vibrant energy and the creative people it attracts, Beachwood was a place of great growth for us both. Nestled above the noise of the city, it was a place where we felt grounded, inspired, and where great relationships thrived.
It's out of these sentiments—relationships, creativity, and inspiration—that we developed the idea for our Beachwood Coffee. Beachwood is the name on the bag, but inside are coffees to which we hold a special connection. Our goal is for Beachwood to be a showcase for fresh, seasonal coffees that we can talk about through story.
In terms of flavor, Beachwood will always champion the style of cup we sought to create when starting Canyon—smooth, balanced, and caramelly. A coffee that's easy to brew at home and hits the spot, every morning. This coffee is also our go-to for espresso, and we roast it with ample development time for ease of extraction and an espresso that tastes great black while holding its own with milk for cappuccinos and lattes.
is sourced from family-owned farms organized around Guaya’b Asociación Civil (GUAYA’B), an association of 640 members living in the municipalities of Jacaltenango, San Antonio Huista, and Unión Cantinil, within the department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The farms have been certified organic and Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. GUAYA’B provides members with access to micro-financing to ensure year-round farm maintenance and periodic renovations. GUAYA’B also provides technical assistance, which includes soil analysis and training on organic fertilizer production. Additionally, GUAYA’B has a centralized wet-mill equipped with environmental controls to return water to the environment free of contamination.
Beachwood Canyon is a special place to us not only because we met there, but because of how much we grew there, and for how it inspired us. It's always been a place favored by creative people. HP Blavatsky, Charlie Chaplin, Aldous Huxley, Charles Bukowski, and Dr. Seuss would have counted among our neighbors had lived there at an earlier time. While the canyon is frequented by tourists driving up to snap photos of the Hollywood sign, the locals pass quietly on by to their homes above the din of the city; enjoying quiet walks and utilizing the many staircases tucked away into the hills.