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Origin Information

Grower
Plan Villa Nueva | Media Cuesta | Aprocafé Acdi | Asociación Civil de Pequeños Productores de Cafe Manos Campesinas
Variety
Bourbon, Catuai, Catimor, Caturra, and Costa Rica 95
Region
San Marcos, Guatemala
Harvest
November - January
Altitude
1050-1100 masl
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Fully washed and dried in the sun
Certifications
Fair Trade, Organic

Background Details

Manos Campesinas is an apt name for an export company dedicated to bringing coffee directly from the hands of producers. As an umbrella organization, Manos Campesinas helps smaller associations of producers gain access to the international market. This particular lot comes from three groups in the lesser known coffee producing region in the department of San Marcos, which is actually home to two impressive volcanoes (Tajumulco and Tacaná) boosting the highest elevations in all of Central America. Each of these community associations (Plan Villa Nueva, Media Cuesta, and Aprocafé Acdi) focus attention on training producers on best organic practices to manage their farms. In addition to making their own organic fertilizer, producers use their own micro-mills to process harvested cherries, which includes hand sorting, depulping, fermenting, washing and drying the coffee to 11 percent moisture. At this stage, Manos Campesinas steps in with transportation, warehousing and cupping analysis to establish a traceable community blend with a vibrant regional profile ensuring greater producer earnings.