Café San Miguel

Region(s): Antigua, Guatemala
Altitude: 1500-1900 MASL
Varietal(s): Bourbon, Catuai and Carimor
Method: Washed, Sun-Dried
Cupping Notes: Lemon-like Citrus, floral, sweet with a hint of caramel
Farmers: 28-Member cooperative of small-holder farmers
Producer(s): Café Artesanal San Miguel Entre Volcanes de Antigua
Relationship: Old Friends & Partners through Operation Groundswell and De la Gente
Price paid to the farmer: 44% above market rates

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.

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