Featured – Ija’tz
$17.00 – $36.00
Blackberry – Marshmallow – Earl Grey
Roast Level: Light
Region: San Lucas Tolimán de Atitlán
Farm: Ija’tz Cooperative
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Pache and Catuai
Altitude: 1500 – 1900 M
Processing Method: Natural
Ija’tz (meaning “seed” in Kaqchikel) is a community organization made up of indigenous Maya KaqchikelTz’utuhil families. Members of the co-op grow coffee in surrounding communities on the slopes of the now extinct Volcan Toíiman.
The cooperative is also keenly aware of local environmental issues, particularly the flooding and erosion caused by intense deforestation and development around lake Atitlán in recent years. They have begun construction on a sequence of channels and sink holes to help manage the water flow during rainy season. They are also in the process of restoring their old wet-mill to provide a central processing facility for all members.
Our first visit to the Coop in February 2016 was the first by any North American roaster, and we were the first to contract their coffee in large amounts. As the years have gone by, we continue to see improvements in infrastructure and quality with every subsequent harvest. Our partnership with De La Gente and the farmers of the Ija’tz cooperative continues to be one of our proudest and most fruitful.