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Posted by mark the spark at about 5pm on Monday February 20, 2012
Comite Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA) began as a civilian support group for the Rebel Armed Forces (FAR) during the Guatmalan civil war. After being outlawed during the war and moving “underground”, they are now recognized as a “legitimate” political group in Guatemala. The CCDA works for land access, labour rights, human rights, and indigenous rights.
CCDA is an extraordinary organization doing incredible work in Guatemala. Their courage and vision are rare and important and we are very excited to bring you their most excellent coffee and to be working with them to promote a more just Guatemala and world.
Our medium roast Guatemalan is a varied and tasty cup: savor peaches, spearmint, lemon rind, orange blossom and almonds. Try it as a French press to bring out the more dynamic elements of its flavor profile.
Posted by Matt Earley at about 12pm on Wednesday June 1, 2011
Our friends in the community of Santa Anita, Costa Cuca, Guatemala are looking for some support to help them optimize next year's harvest. The cooperatives AMPASA and APCASA are looking for money to buy materials to make organic fertilizer. They have been working for over 3 years with organizations like BUILD from Tufts University and Catholic Relief Services to replace old plants with new ones that will augment their production in a major way.
The trees take three years to produce and, finally, in 2012 the wait will be over! However, without proper organic fertilizing the trees will not produce to their capabilites. Normally the organic materials needed for this come mainly from milled coffee pulp, but each co-op's production was so small this year, they do not have nearly the amount of materials needed to make the "abono" needed.
Please consider donating to help them get the materials needed. The total amount of both co-op's needs is around $7500. Time is of the essence as the season is moving on, so please consider doing so soon. Also, if you represent a NGO that has funding for this type of organic ag project, or know of a good group that we should contact, please let us know.
Thanks and hit that paypal button!!!