Sourced from: Guatemala (Red de Mujeres) + Costa Rica (San Fransisco)
Tastes like: Caramel / Milk Chocolate / Red Berries
V60, Chemex, French Press and Cold Brew
Location: HUEHUETENANGO + TARRAZU
You might have guessed it from the name, but every month we introduce a new blend to our roster. That means we can put our Dr. Frankenstein hats on and mix together two beans we think will compliment each other, for a little bit of flavour experimentation. It’s alive!
The Red de Mujeres, or 'network of women', is a large group of female coffee producers covering five different areas of Huehuetenango. The group is made up of 830 women. Within the entire community of women there are 8 different Mayan languages spoken, highlighting the diversity of culture and language in this area of Guatemala. All of these women have been either widowed during the 36 years of civil war in Guatemala, or were left when their husbands fled the country during the coffee crisis between 2001 and 2004. Since Huehuetenango was one of the areas hardest hit by the crisis, many people decided to give up altogether and find work elsewhere, leaving their families behind. With the help of ACODIHUE, these female producers have been united to market their coffee and find international buyers. ACODIHUE has also supported them in training in organic farming methods, from producing and applying fertilizers, to rust and pest control methods.
This Guatemalan coffee gives a rich body and red berry flavours to the blend.
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San Francisco is the name of one district in the ‘Cordillera Central’ also called ‘La Zona de los Santos’ but it is also the name of the farm of Edgar Fallas Solis, his wife Ligia and their son Willian. The family owns 10-12 hectares of coffees intercropped with avocados, citrus and banana trees. Edgar is the second generation working on this 55-year-old farm. Willian, the son, took coffee brewing classes for 4 years and is now competing and won a national championship. He knows a lot about the coffee supply chain and quality and will take over the farm when his dad retires.
This Costa Rican coffee provides great sweetness and slightly nutty flavours to the blend.