In order to ensure that our coffee is of the best quality and our farmers are using safe environmental methods,
our team went down to observe and certify this ourselves. These are some of the things that we found…
- Shade Grown - Shade trees protect coffee plants from harsh elements, such as violent storms, extreme temperatures and overexposure to the sun. The trees help prevent erosion of the mountainsides, plus the falling leaves help to maintain soil quality by providing mulch and natural fertilizer.
- Bird-Safe - Shade trees provide safe homes for bird populations, which aids in natural pest control and lessons the need for pesticides. Keeping and growing trees also promotes a healthy environment for other animals. Trees create biodiversity.
- Intercropping - Growing other crops and coffee plants in the same plot helps to supplement the farmer’s income and diet. Intercropping also generates nutrients that enrich the soil.
- "0" - Our coffee is grown with minimal fertilizers and pesticides. Our farmers’ goal is to eliminate these altogether.
- Composting - Bean husks are recycled into natural compost for the coffee plants.
- Hand-picked - The ripest coffee beans are found in the middle of the plant. Hand-picking reduces the environmental damage and waste that can be caused by the use of machines and ensures only the best, ripest beans are picked.
- Altitude - Guatemala has an excellent altitude for growing coffee. San Lucas is perfect for growing Arabica beans which are considered to be higher quality varieties of the coffee plant.
- Volcanic Ash - The ash from the surrounding volcanoes makes the soil rich in nutrients and organic matter, producing a high quality bean.