Wonderful Wild Women - Guatemala - Coffee
Launched September 2019
We’ve teamed up with Redbank Coffee to offer you coffees driven by some inspirational women working in the world of coffee.
The first ever offering comes from Guatemala’s Huehuetenango region. It is grown by Rosa Linda, Ana Marcos Morales and Miguela Morales, and is part of Guatemalan importer, Primavera’s Female Coffee Growers project.
Primavera was set up by Nadine Rasch, who grew up in Guatemala, and whose family have had a coffee farm there for four generations. After studying finance in London, Nadine ended up working for a commodities fund where she saw the price for commodity coffee drop sharply. She came to realise that the only way to maintain stable prices for coffee was through quality (that facilitates access to the specialty coffee market and better prices), and she eventually returned to Guatemala with the aim of improving the plight of her country’s producers.
Redbanks relationship with Primavera goes from strength to strength to strength, in large part courtesy of their very own Wonderful Wild Woman, Hanna Huhtonen who represents Primavera in Europe. Aside from intrepidly sourcing wonderful coffee during harvest season in Guatemala, and travelling the globe to showcase it to us roasters, Hanna spends her time surfing and teaching yoga in Portugal. Find out more about Hanna here.
The poor economic and security situation in Guatemala has seen an increase in the rate of migration to the US in recent years. Most of these migrants are men, leaving their wives and daughters behind to take matters into their own hands. San Marcos Huista, a very rural and isolated community where people mostly speak the native Popti dialect, has seen about 50% of the male population leave to seek their fortune elsewhere. Because of its remote location, many obstacles remain for the women who are left in charge of the coffee farms to sell their coffee at the best prices. Many of them sell to the local “coyote” who typically drives by with a pick-up truck buying all coffee at a very low price regardless of quality.
Primavera’s Female Coffee Growers project supports female growers by paying them better prices, and by giving them micro-loans and technical assistance in order to help them continuously improve the quality of the coffee they produce. We’re proud to support this project by bringing you this wonderful coffee grown by Rosa Linda, Ana Marcos Morales and Miguela Morales.
We are hugely honoured and very proud to be supporting this project.