Guatemala San Jose PoaquilBorealis Coffee Company
This coffee from the western highlands of Guatemala is a spot offer we picked up while we wait on our farm-direct coffee to arrive from our 2019 origin trip.
A solid medium roast with notes of milk chocolate, almond, and a bit of orange zest as it cools. A nice creamy and smooth body make this a great choice for people looking for a nice medium roast.
From the importer:
San José Poaquil is a municipality in the department of Chimaltenango that, like many other indigenous towns in Guatemala’s Western Highlands, suffered during the violence of the early 1980s.
Historically, Chimaltenango has been known for its berry production; it’s only very recently that coffee production has become identifiable with, and traceable to, the department. In large part, this was because producers delivered their cherry to mills in Antigua, which would market and sell the coffees as “Antiguan”— a label that fetched them higher prices.
In January 2015, HRNS (a nonprofit foundation formed by the Neumann family) began a project to improve living conditions for 1,000 smallholder coffee families in Chimaltenango.
The HRNS approach is to promote entrepreneurship and create a framework for change in which farmers and producers can better assess their situations, understand their risks and opportunities and develop a vision for improvement.
In Chimaltenango, its aims have been to:
- support the development of farmer groups;
- improve farmers’ access to markets and essential services;
- strengthen farmers’ business practices;
- support farmers’ recovery from the roya crisis;
- and help to increase farm yields by sharing agricultural best practices for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.
By January 2018, 1,031 families were participating in the program, impacting 5,155 direct beneficiaries; 1,124 hectares were under sustainable management; and 58 percent of women had begun participating in farmer groups and organizations.
Further, since the project’s start, the area has seen a 56 percent increase in coffee yields, compared to regional averages; and participating farmers have seen a cumulative value addition of 28 percent — or $990 USD in additional income per farmer over the last three years.