Corvus Coffee Roasters | Michacoy
Roaster Notes:"This coffee comes to us as a labor of love on the part of one of the best importing teams in the country. For years they have wanted to connect more directly with small-scale farmers in Guatemala. In 2013, this was finally possible through a project they have named Xinabajul, after a Mayan god in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. In this project, they have cupped many hundreds of samples to identify small producers who are producing quality coffee in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes mountains. In our importer’s first year of actively working the project, it is apparent that the prices they are paying for quality, and their presence and consistency in buying, has made an impact. Farmers that started out with some hesitancy because the coffee buyers were unknown in the zone are now delivering all of their coffee. Beyond price, we are also paying on a sliding scale based on cup quality. So once a farmer has proved they can score in the top ranks (showing not only the native potential of plant material, soil, altitude etc, but also the consistent hard work of pulping, fermenting and drying coffee according to the best methods) then they are incentivized to work with our team in the future as well.
We are terribly proud of the work put into Proyecto Xinabajul, the work of our partners in Guatemala and the trust the farmers have shown in our importers in Oakland. There are many fine coffees from Guatemala, but with these lots we are giving farmers access to the high specialty market to farmers who have never had it before. And for us we get to offer fantastic coffees from unique sources. It's a rewarding project, and we look forward to working with this team to source coffee from this region for years to come."