Specialty Grade, Fairly Traded, Organic Guatemalan Ixil de Avelina Coffee. Milling Process: Washed, Patio Dried. Arabica variety: Typica, Bourbon, Growing Altitude: 1600-2000 m.a.s.l.
Cupping Notes: Clean, lilac and cane sugar aroma, creamy body, strawberry notes, pointed acidity, pleasant aftertaste.
About our Coffee Farmers:
In the mountains of the tropical Ixcan region, in the department of El Quiché and the tiny town of Santa Avelina, the Maya Ixil cooperative is helping farmers to improve their communities and livelihoods.Maya Ixil evolved in response to sinking coffee prices and a need to increase profitability for farmers in the communities of San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj.
In 1998, the group began to organize and succeeded in gaining organic certification, and in 2004 it earned Fair Trade certification as well. These certifications signify not only an improvement in co-op members' quality of life but also improvements to their environment through sustainable practices.Maya Ixil has 185 members and is currently using its Fair Trade premiums to build a school for the community, as well as to fund the following initiatives: Computer Studies AcademyMaya Ixil maintains a computer lab, to provide students in the region with access to technology.Technical Assistance WorkshopsMaya Ixil contracts agronomists to lead group workshops, as well as to provide direct technical assistance on individual farms.
Maya Ixil created a microcredit fund to support income diversification plans, such as purchasing materials to raise livestock or to produce handicrafts and textiles. The additional income they generate both benefits the families and helps to promote gender equality in the community.Beekeeping Teaching ProgramA pilot project by Food 4 Farmers has promoted commercial beekeeping among coffee producers. InterAmerican recently donated $6,000 to the program, which has helped coffee crops, provided a source of nutrition to families and created a supplemental source of income. Domingo de la Cruz Toma, the apiary teacher for the Maya Ixil program, and a coffee farmer himself, touts beekeeping’s potential to improve the lives of farmers over the long term.“My commitment doesn’t stop with my work,” he has said, “but is a small seed to hopefully grow the sustainability of this work for future generations.
FTO "Graceful" Guatemalan 1lb Bag
Choosing Fair Trade Certified products ensures farmers get a fair deal. It helps keep their kids in school, improve their communities, protect the enviroment and grow the best products possible for you.
* Organic farmers do not use harmful or super-toxic chemicals on their coffee crops. The coffee that you drink is as “clean” as possible. This means you are not putting dangerous pesticides or insecticides into your body each morning.
* The lack of pesticides do not destroy the soil, a critical factor in the nutritional value of all organic food.
* Most organic coffee is shade-grown and this directly impacts taste. According to Silvia Covelli, CEO of True Origin Organics and a member of the Organic Coffee Collaboration, “the best tasting coffees are the ones that are shade-grown. This is because coffee is a very aromatic plant and absorbs all the flavors and aromas from surrounding trees, such as plantains, cacao and fruits. The exotic aromas come out when not exposed to chemicals.”