Coffee Origins: Our Guatemala Ceylan

September 27, 2012

A flavorful coffee with citrus notes, nutty sweetness, and a short crisp finish. It is organic, shade-grown, and bird-friendly. It is grown at an altitude of 3500-5300 ft. The species is Arabica, and the varieties include Typica, Geisha, Maragogype, and Excelsa. It’s harvested October-April, and fully-washed. Once in the cup, the aroma features lemon brightness, spicy tones, sugar sweetness, the taste of citrus, hints of malt and roasted nuts. Its body light, the finish, smooth, short, crisp.

Our Guatemala Ceylan is an organic, Rainforest Alliance, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center certified plantation that is renowned for its environmental and socially sustainable farm practices. The farm has over 50 different types of shade trees in a 3-tier canopy and possesses its own wet mill and drying patios. It is a completely self-contained environment with full control of every step in the process. Aside from excellent quality coffee, they provide housing and education for their workers, a nurse onsite, and a small chapel with weekly visits from the local priest.

Rainforest Alliance Certified farms have met rigorous social and environmental standards set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN).” The standards themselves are a bit of dense reading, but the Sustainable Agriculture Network principles/topics that guided their development are much easier to digest:

  • Management System
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Working Conditions
  • Occupational Health
  • Integrated Crop Management
  • Soil Conservation
  • Integrated Waste Management

You can see from the variety of issues covered, that the certification process is a thorough and conscientious one. It is not only the land that is preserved and cared for by implementation of these standards, but workers as well. This is important in a country like Guatemala, a developing nation with “wide income disparities” (US Department of State). In the wake of a long civil war, amid a surplus of weapons and violent crime, and poverty, security and stability of necessities for workers is of the utmost importance not only to their coffee industry but to the workers and their families. In more developed nations, we may joke that access to coffee is a life or death matter, but that kind of intensity is no joke to people who live in less stable regions of the world.

We are proud to support the betterment of the lives of the people who bring us joy with their coffee products.

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