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We get this question often...Why Guam?
Both Ryan and Tom's mothers were born and raised on Guam, they are Chamorro, or native to Guam. Both their fathers were military. Ryan and Tom were both raised in Wisconsin with pride for their Chamorro heritage. As adults they both moved to Guam and worked in the food and beverage industry before returning back to Wisconsin. It has been Ryan's dream to open a Chamorro style restaurant in Wisconsin...so here we are!
Where is the island of Guam?
549 km² (212 square miles)
volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs, low hills in center, mountains in south.
Tropical marine; warm and humid with little seasonal temperature variation, dry season from January to June, rainy season from July to December.
Guam is the southernmost and largest island of the Marianas Island Archipelago in the North Pacific. With Magellan's landing on Guam in 1521 Spain's reign began which lasted almost 4 centuries. In 1898 America claimed the island from Spain as part of the prizes in the Spanish-American War. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, it was retaken by the US three years later. The military installation on the island is one of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific. The economy of Guam depends on tourism, US military spending, and the export of fish and handicrafts.
Population: 162,800 (in 2016)
Ethnic Groups: Chamorro 37%, Filipino 26%, white 10%, Asian and other 27%
Roman Catholic 85%, other 15%
English, Chamorro, Japanese
Latte Stone Brewing Company; the reason for our name...
Latte (LÆT-tē), pronounced latde or latti, is a Chamorro term referring to the cup-shaped stone pillars, or capstones, used by the ancient people of Guam and the surrounding Mariana Islands as house supports.
These megalithic monuments are believed to have been constructed by Chamorros between 1200 BP and 300 BP (before present), as early as 500AD. They are unique to the Chamorro culture and have been found in Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.
Each latte is comprised of two stones. The shaft on the ground is the haligi, and the cap stone is the tasa. The pillars are made of limestone, basalt, or sandstone and can range in height from 4ft to 16ft. Arranged in parallel rows of six to 14 pairs, the ancient Chamorros used latte as a foundation for houses and other important buildings.
Latte possibly symbolized a sacred space for the Chamorro who buried their dead between the stones as part of the concept of aniti (spirit), making the structure sacred.
Latte stones can be seen at the Angel Santos Memorial Park in Guam’s capital village of Hagåtña, or untouched in the jungles of Guam.
We can’t wait to tell you more about latte stones when you visit us!
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