Guatemala - La Armonia Hermosa

La Armonia Hermosa
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Guatemala - La Armonia Hermosa

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Location: Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Pache, Paca
Altitude: 1500-2000 masl
Processing Method: Washed
Farmer: Julio Cuy & community
Relationship: Friends/Partners
Our notes: Strawberry, watermelon, large floral tones, sweet, and tea-like

Translating to “The Beautiful Harmony,” La Armonia Hermosa is a community of farmers located near the Guatemalan village of Santa Maria de Jesus. Headed by farmer Julio Cuy, the community has its own ‘beneficio’ - a coffee processing mill where the coffee is delivered, depulped, fermented, washed, and dried in the sun. Processing coffee is often one of the most difficult steps of production for coffee farmers - there is great room for error and loss of quality, and the machinery involved to make it less labor-intensive can be very expensive. Sharing the processing machinery and the workload allows for this community of farmers to make strides in quality and efficiency.

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More about La Armonia Hermosa

Julio Cuy has a tough job. Managing the coffee processing at the beneficio can be difficult for a variety of unpredictable reasons, but managing the relationships that bring that coffee in are even tougher. Julio works with 35 different families from the surrounding community growing coffee, and buys their cherries from them to process in the mill. He is committed to paying above the typical price that those families can get on the street for their fruit from a middle man, or ‘coyote,’ but with that also comes a commitment to higher quality. He is working to educate his partner producers in how to cultivate and harvest only the ripest cherries with an eye for quality. One step that he recently took was planting his own small plot of coffee plants nearby the processing mill, which he can use as a demonstration tool in his educational activities. He is always working to learn new things and to refine his own processing activities at the mill, in order to make an even-better-cupping coffee year over year. Julio has a heart of gold, and you can see in his eyes when he talks about his community how much he deeply cares for the people he works with, as well as the passion and pride he has for his work.

We pay higher prices and provide a line of credit to pre-finance the harvest, in turn improving access to medicine, education, and a better quality of life. Though production was down this year due to a coffee fungus called Roya, the installation of the community's first "wet mill," which will allow them to process their own coffee, and the addition of more farmers will hopefully ensure a higher production next year.

La Armonia Hermosa is our longest-standing relationship outside of the family farms in Brazil. We have been importing their coffee since 2012 and have consistently been impressed year after year by the increasing quality of the coffee and its interesting flavors. Grown at high altitudes, this is one of our fruitiest coffees.

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