Empowerment for workers and folks who are otherwise disadvantaged in the coffee chain is greatly important to us. For this reason we love to highlight coffees produced exclusively by women who often do so much of the labor and receive little recognition. In that vein we present this coffee alongside our offering from Bella Vista in Chiapas, Mexico and in the footsteps of our Peru Cafe de Mujer. This lot, Las Dueñas, comes from a cooperative called la Asociación Barillense de Agricultores (ASOBAGRI) out of Huehuetenango in western Guatemala. Gender equality is fundamental for ASOBAGRI and this lot is the product of the work of 182 female coop members who received technical support and training from five women technicians. In addition to receiving training on farm management and regenerative agricultural practices, the coop members also receive training and investment in ways to diversify their incomes through practices that still revolve around their fincas.
Something we love about this coffee is the way its flavor implies characteristics of far more expensive coffees without being too precious. We feel it to be the evolved red wine version of a red delicious apple. In the cup you'll find a balance of simple sweetness with a slight waxiness and tannic quality. If not wine-y, you may even get a sense of black tea. Balanced acid and clear, pleasant sweetness make for a coffee that is both accessible and interesting at the same time.
Fair Trade and Organic Certified.