Primavera Coffee Importers
Earlier this week, in collaboration with Redbank Coffee, the very first Wonderful Wild Women coffee blend was launched.
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 Coffee ‘s Female Coffee Growers project.
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 hugely proud and honoured to support this project and wanted to find out a bit more about one of the women who is making it all happen. Surfer, Yoga Teacher, Coffee lover and all round inspiring Wild Woman Hanna.
First of all, please could you give us a little introduction about yourself and PrimaVera Coffee
My name is Hanna-Maria Huhtonen. I’m 32 years old, Finnish and live on the coast of Portugal, in Ericeira. I’m a coffee professional, a yoga teacher, writer and a little bit obsessed with surfing. I studied history in the university but fell in love with coffee at the same time and have been working in the industry in various positions for over a decade. I combine my days between coffee, surfing, yoga and creating.
Primavera Coffee Importers is a boutique importer of coffees from Guatemala with deep roots in the country. Primavera started working with their own coffee farm and neighbors and now have expanded to represent over 100 producers, associations and cooperatives in the many coffee regions in Guatemala. Primavera is invested in representing the coffee producers in the best possible way, supporting the sustainable coffee production and empowering the local coffee producers. Primavera is based in Guatemala with a European office in Amsterdam.
Can you tell us how you came to work for Primavera?
What makes Primavera a different kind of coffee business?
Photo credit Riemkje Poortinga
Can you tell us more about the surfing and the yoga you teach?
I grew up snowboarding in a country with no proper swell. I tried surfing in Norway, France and Costa Rica, but it wasn’t until I lived in Australia, near Bells Beach, that I began to surf. And very fast, I got obsessed. I find surfing as a deep way to connect with nature and live in the moment. I’ve always lived through my heart and intuition and surfing is a one way to express that. Living with the tides and the swells and the winds.. It just has something to it that I haven’t had with anything else. Adding good surf buddies and a healthy lifestyle to that mix – what else would you wish for?
Yoga has given a sort of similar way to connect with the now and the state of being for me as surfing but in a very different way. I started practising yoga more than 10 years ago and found that I felt more calm, centered and happy when I practised it mindfully. It also made my life more balanced since I am a highly curious and energetic person. Yoga brings me to my body, to listen to it and slow down. This is what I’ve wanted to share with other people as well and have learned through experience and research that yoga is a great tool for coping with anxiety, depression, stress and trauma. I am at the moment in the process of getting trained as a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, which is a form of research based treatment designed specifically for complex and developmental trauma. I’m specially interested in working for the empowerment of females who have experienced sexual abuse.