Amelia has worked in coffee since she was a young girl- her dad taught her how to plant seedlings, to fertilize, keep the land clean, and how to harvest. Her parents still live close, and her siblings work in coffee too. Both Amelia and her husband Homero come from coffee families and have some plots that are inherited, but wanted to forge their own way and purchased land on their own. They now have 6 small plots of land between them.
While we are proud to pay well above market prices, sadly, for most coffee producers market prices are so low that only those with diversified income sources can hope to do anything more than just survive. it’s Amelia, for example, processes coffee at her home, drying on the roof, while her daughter manages a small cyber cafe from inside.
Market prices don’t cover producers’ cost of production, especially not the cost to produce quality coffee- this includes additional labor and economic costs of paying workers more to only pick ripe cherries, floating to sort out immature and overripe cherries, and carefully calibrating their wet mill to screen out cherry pulp from the fermenting beans. From there, they have to be careful when drying parchment to ensure that the hot sun doesn’t dry it out too quickly, which means regularly rotating and raking the coffee on their patio. If they can earn a profit, they’d love to invest in shade cloth or raised beds for even more uniform drying- but for now, whether or not they’ll have money to reinvest in their farms and processing remains to be seen.
This is the first year we’ve bought from Amelia and Homero, and we’re certain it will not be the last. We love the region and the members of ASIAST and we want to be the kind of buyers that reduce vulnerability for Amelia and Homero and ensure they can invest in their farm and generally earn a good living from coffee. An artisan roaster buying from an artisan producer and being willing to pay a fair and truly life and future-sustaining price for the product. It’s really not too much to ask.
We purchase directly from Amelia. We paid 1,150 Quetzales per quintal (100 pounds of parchment)
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Whole beans only.
Roasted for filter brewing.
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