Producer Profile: Guatemala Producers

Written by Cafe Campesino on Mar 5, 2009 in NEWSLETTER, Producer Profile |

Guatemala (Apecaform, Chajul, Nahuala, Rio Azul, Santa Anita)

As many of you know, Cafe Campesino was “dreamed up” by co-founder Bill Harris during a trip to help build houses in Guatemala back in 1997.  You can read more of that story here.

A couple of years later, an importing cooperative was formed to handle the buying needs of the coop’s founding roasters as well as the selling needs of groups (some large, some small) of coffee farmers who wished to sell on the international market at sustainable prices.  As we ponder and reflect and begin to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our sister organization, Cooperative Coffees, we also want to celebrate the five Guatemalan producer cooperatives (see above) with whom Coop Coffees is in partnership with. And we want to tell you a little bit about the producer cooperatives (one large, one small) who currently supply our ever-popular Guatemalan coffee beans.  You can read more about each by clicking on their names below.

Apecaform exported approximately 400,000 pounds of green coffee beans in 2008.  In contrast, Santa Anita exported around 40,000 pounds last year.

Apecaform is comprised of 400 farmers located in 17 communities near San Marcos while Santa Anita is comprised of 32 families all living in a single community located in the Quetzaltenango region.

While the numbers may illustrate differences between the two cooperatives, they have many goals in common.  Their wants include fair pay for the hard work that results in quality coffee, a better life for their children, as well as environmental protection for their native lands.

We gladly support these principles and hope to continue helping, in our small way, the growth of these people and places through Fair Trade partnership with our amigos in Guatemala.  La solidaridad!

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