Previously called La Revuelta, this estate was bought by the Starry family in 1995. In the 19th century, the Samayoa family produced natural dye from cacti. With the arrival of synthetic products, the family abandoned the cacti production and changed to animal breeding, coffee, corn, beans and several vegetables. Around 1950, the estate was divided by the different family members and the area where El Xalum is located was inherited by a cousin of Cristian’s grandmother. The Starry family comes from the Czech Republic. They established in Guatemala four generations ago and today they produce coffee.Christian Starry and his wife Julia belong to the fourth generation of a coffee grower family. Christian Senior and Christian Junior are both members of the Starry family. Christian Senior manages the estate while Christian Junior takes care of the washing station and trading. When the family bought the property in 1995, they decided to plant coffee. Later on, in 2013, their son joined them and built his own washing station, in 2016. The estate was then renamed to El Xalum to honour its many shade trees. This coffee is a fine example of Guatemala’s potential to produce fruity and exotic profile coffee.