Guatemala - Maya Ixil Avelina
In the mountains of the tropical Ixcan region, in the department of El Quiché and the tiny town of Santa Avelina, the Maya Ixil cooperative is helping farmers to improve their communities and livelihoods.
Maya Ixil evolved in response to sinking coffee prices and a need to increase profitability for farmers in the communities of San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj.
In 1998, the group began to organize and succeeded in gaining organic certification, and in 2004 it earned Fair Trade certification as well. These certifications signify not only an improvement in co-op members' quality of life but also improvements to their environment through sustainable practices.
Region: El Quiche
Varietal: Bourbon and Typica
Processing Method: Washed and patio dried
The Cup: Chocolate, caramel, with an orange citrus finish.
Brew Methods: Conventional Drip, Pour Over, Moka Pot