Cooperative Río Azul started in 1977, comprised of many small farmers in Huehuetenango transporting their coffee to the city to be exported. The farms and communities of this cooperative are located around the mountainous municipality of Jacaltenango in the highland region of Huehuetenango. Growing steadily over the years by word of mouth and the demonstration of their successes as a cooperative through the improvement of cultivation and harvesting techniques, the cooperative now consists of 254 producers, 500 associates and 7 board members.
Each small producer in the cooperative has about 11 hectares of land per farm. These small farms make up the 244 hectares of the cooperatives coffee farming land. The cooperative is made up of Etnia Popti Mayan’s. The elderly members of the region continue to wear textiles traditional to their Mayan heritage.
Before forming the cooperative their main cultivars were beans and corn. Now, with technical and financial assistance gained as a cooperative, they cultivate traditional and organic coffee as their main exportable crop. Through the support of other organisations, Río Azul now has a mill, drying patios and a storage warehouse. They hope to continue adjusting their farming and harvesting techniques in accordance with the changing climate and standards of the speciality coffee market.
This coffee is roasted for filter - meaning, a light roast. We roast our seasonal coffees in this manner because we wish for the coffee to shine as it is - for it to display the characteristics that have produced its excellent quality. This kind of roast allows the natural flavours, acids and sugars of the coffee to be in the front, and lets you learn about its origin through taste. As the name says, it's best used in filter coffee methods, such as drip or immersion, so while making an espresso from these is possible, it could prove tricky.
Use and storage
We recommend you enjoy this coffee within 3 months of the roasting date.
Store in a dry and cool place, between +16 and +25 degrees.
This coffee's cycle from farm to your cup has been one of honesty and hard work. We source our coffees from producers that use environmentally-friendly growing practices, roast it so that it's consistently good, package it in materials that either recycle or can be refilled and deliver the coffee with emissions in mind. Sustainability is one of our core values, and the path of our coffee demonstrates that.
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