This coffee is sourced by Cooperativa Regional Mixta de Agricultores Organicos de la Sierra (RAOS), an association with 200 members who produce coffee on small family-owned farmers in the Marcala growing region within the department of La Paz, Honduras. Coffee produced in the Marcala region has a protected designation of origin (DENOMINACION DE ORIGEN CAFE DE MARCALA) to preserve the renowned reputation of the Marcala brand. RAOS was founded in 1997 and is the first cooperative of small and medium organic coffee producers in Honduras. Leaf rust has caused considerable damage in the Marcala region. RAOS is supporting the recovery with financing that has helped members start nurseries to replace damaged coffee trees and add additional shade trees before the 2014-2015 coffee harvest.