Bourbon, Caturra, Pache & Sarchimor
Dry Fermentated, Washed, Patio Dried in a Centralized Washing Facility
February 2018 - April 2018
About Rio Azul Cooperative
The Rio Azul Cooperative is named for the crystalline, aqua-blue river that snakes through the lush rainforests of remote, western Guatemala. Founded in 1967 by a group of indigenous, Jacaltec Mayans, the cooperative is known for the careful attention it gives to its harvest––from cultivation to final processing. After 40 years, its 217 farmer-members bring an impressive depth of experience to their trade.
Rio Azul’s dedication to quality is rooted in a goal of supporting its members. By refining its process, the cooperative can fetch a premium price, providing a better life for its members and their families. During the harvest, farmers bring their coffee to be wet-processed in small batches in the nearby town of Jacaltenango, just walking distance from their farms. A rarity for small farmer cooperatives in Central America, their centralized mill affords them greater control and consistency in processing and drying their coffee cherries.
We first partnered with Rio Azul in 2007, and have been making annual visits nearly every harvest since. We share the cooperative's vision and, over the years, we have funded a solar dryer for experimentation with small lots and purchased a moisture meter to help measure and control the coffee drying process. We’ve also spent time training in their new cupping lab––offering our resources and knowledge, and calibrating with their quality control team.
Each summer, we look forward to tasting the fresh crop from this progressive cooperative, and we’re excited to share this year’s harvest with you.
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