La Armonia Hermosa
La Armonia Hermosa
Santa Maria de Jesus is an idyllic home to the finest of Guatemalan coffee. The small, family farmers of this village have historically struggled to make a living growing this high quality coffee. Now with La Armonia Hermosa, things are different. Farmers receive higher prices and are now processing the coffee themselves receiving even more financial benefits. By enjoying the fruit of their labors you are giving them new opportunities, a renewed sense of community pride and a chance for economic sustainability. VCC has decided to join in this ventureand looks forward to introducing our customers to this fine “relationship” coffee.
This specific coffee is a smooth balanced coffee with Light floral aroma, sweet chocolate, medium body and notes of spice in the finish.
With the high cost of chemicals and the mixing in of their food crops with their coffee, the farmers minimize the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers. The farmers use traditional means of improving soil health through methods such as composting the leftover coffee fruit and using natural mineral additives to replenish their soil. While organic certifications are expensive and impractical for the individual farmers, working together as a cooperative, the farmers can improve their farming practices and afford to attain their certification collectively.
Sustainability is at the heart of La Armonia Hermosa project. The small, family farmers make the most of the land they have and grow a variety of fruiting or otherwise beneficial trees as shade for their coffee. This practice is not only crucial for them economically but also protects their valuable volcanic soil and helps produce a better tasting cup of coffee. The shade offers even further benefits to the farmer in providing habitats for pest killing birds and improved organic soil matter for the coffee.
The majority of energy used in coffee production is solar and human power. The farmers use hand or bicycle powered equipment to process the coffee and dry the coffee on patios in the sun to the proper humidity. Clean water is a invaluable commodity in the village and historically large-farm coffee production has decimated this natural resource. Our farmers struggle to sustain clean drinking water for their families and so take great care in conserving the water usage for the necessary step of washing the coffee beans. Working closely with a non-profit group in the region, the farmers are able to develop new systems that will increase their efficiency while still relying on very little fossil fuel energy or clean water resources.
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Bag size: 12 oz.