Caturra, Bourbon, Typica, Costa Rica 95, Catimor
Dry Fermentation, Washed, and Patio Dried at a Centralized Washing Station
February 2017 - April 2017
About Rio Azul Cooperative
In 1967, indigenous Mayans founded the Rio Azul Cooperative in remote western Guatemala. After 40 years, these 217 farmer-members bring an impressive depth of experience to their trade. During the harvest, coffee is wet-processed every day in small batches at a mill in the nearby town of Jacaltenango, just walking distance from the farms. Their centralized wet mill is a rarity for small farmer co-ops in Central America, and it affords them greater control and consistency in processing and drying their coffee cherries.
We have partnered with Rio Azul since 2007, and they impress us with their amazingly distinct coffee each and every harvest. Over the years, we have funded a solar dryer for experimentation with small lots and provided them with a moisture reader to help in the drying process. These tools help the co-op members continue to produce and refine quality coffee that will fetch a premium price, supporting a better life for the farmers and their families. On a trip this past February, we spent time training with their quality control team, in their brand new cupping lab. Getting this lab up and running smoothly will help the cooperative identify where the best quality coffee is coming from within their cooperative and help to build better lots of coffee in the future.
We are proud to continue our partnership with a co-op that is dedicated to both sustainability and quality, and we are excited to continue our work together in the future.
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