THE PEOPLE BEHIND GRANITO COFFEE
IT TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE TO MAKE A CUP A COFFEE. WANT TO MEET THEM?
MEET Your PRODUCER
GRANITO WORKS WITH THREE UNIQUE FARMER-OWNED COOPERATIVES FROM THREE OF GUATEMALA’S MOST ICONIC COFFEE REGIONS. THE PRICE PAID TO FARMERS RANGES FROM 30-60% ABOVE MARKET RATES.
Cooperativa La Voz
Cooperativa La Voz que Clama en el Desierto or “the voice the cries out in the desert”, is located on the shores of Lago Atitlán in the Tz’utujil Maya community of San Juan La Laguna.
Established by 20 farmers in 1977 under the shade of a ceiba (the tree of life), this family-based cooperative has over 600 individual members and dedicates itself to growing and processing high-quality organic coffee as a way to secure a sustainable future for the community and its cultural traditions.
Profits from the sale of their organic-certified beans are reinvested in the cooperative and used to build infrastructure, fund social services, and promote capacity building.
2a Generacion entre Volcanes
The coffee industry, like so many others in Guatemala, has always been dominated by large landowners with smallholder farmers earning as little as 7 cents for a 1lb of their coffee fruit. But in 2005 seven farmers from San Miguel Escobar along with a volunteer from the US planted an idea and began to process their own beans. From these humble beginnings, this tight-knit group has become pioneers in the industry, forming their own coop and an NGO dedicated to supporting other small producers. They acquired access to an export license and now help an alliance of small coops secure better prices and export their gourmet coffee.
Located in Guatemala’s “boca costa” or the mouth of pacific coast, Santa Anita is home to 35 families, five different languages (Spanish & 4 Mayan), and one very unique coffee coop.
In 1998, after 36 years of civil war, a group of former revolutionaries who had spent the better part of their lives in the mountains fighting for a brighter future decided to trade in their arms for tools of the coffee trade and rebuild their lives on an abandoned finca or farm. They’re still fighting for a better world, now they just use the sale of high-quality coffee and bananas to build infrastructure, fund schools, and feed their families.
MEET your IMPORTER
WE WORK WITH TWO VERY THOUGHTFUL IMPORTERS TO BRING HIGH-QUALITY COFFEES DIRECTLY FROM LOCAL PRODUCERS IN GUATEMALA HERE TO OUR ROASTERS IN CANADA AND THE US. GRANITO COFFEE IS 100% TRACEABLE TO IT’S POINT OF ORIGIN.
De La Gente
We met DLG (then called As Green As it Gets) in 2010 when Hurricane Agatha caused massive mudslides in San Miguel Escobar, and Operation Groundswell joined the NGO and local community members in the relief efforts. In 2015, AGAIG decided to focus more intentionally on commercializing and exporting coffee and rebranded itself De La Gente (DLG) or “from the people”. The organization continues to work with small-holder coffee farmers and cooperatives in Guatemala to create economic opportunities that improve the quality of life for families and communities who earn up to 30% more than if they would be selling their coffee through options normally available to them.
Established in 1983, InterAmerican supplies specialty green coffee to roasters across North America including certified Organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance coffees. They operate in 27 countries nurturing relationships with producers to create traceable blends, unique small-lots, and special project coffees designed to improve both cup quality and the livelihoods of coffee growers and producers.
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