Juan Jose Torres, affectionately known as JJT, is a young producer born and raised in the Escobal Community in Mataquescuintla. While this community has endured significant hardships at the hands of a Canadian owned mining company, JJT continues to be resilient, and produce excellent coffee which we are grateful to be able to purchase this year. This is the first lot Juan Jose has ever sold on the international market.
In Juan Jose's own words, "This is dignified work that is environmentally friendly as our farms create an ecosystem where a diversity of plants, birds, and other species of beneficial animals live in their natural state. At the same time, we conserve water and our coffee farm produces lots of oxygen. We are coffee growers because our work helps the environment."
The story of Mataquescuintla is a tragedy that has been the story as old as time in Central and South America, as predominantly Canadian owned mining companies move into remote indigenous communities and descimate the communities under the guise of mining for precious metals. In the case of the Escobal community, it is a silver mine that has put the entire community at risk, despite being actively protested and disapproved of. We encourage everyone who is able to read about the story, and learn more about why it is important to support smallholder farmers like Juan Jose and other producers from communities like the one in Mataquescuintla.
This lot was purchased in partnership with our friend Brendan, who owns and operates Semilla Coffee, a small import agency based out of Montreal. Brendan and Semilla have been instrumental in purchasing coffee from the Mataquescuinlta community year over year, with 2021 being their largest year of purchasing in part due to the support from roasters across Canada and North America. We're thankful for Brendan's commitment to create transparency within the specialty coffee industry, and to choose to source coffees from small communities and producers that need the support.
Varietals: Pache San Ramon Region: San Miguel, Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, Guatemala Altitude: 1590 MASL Processing: Washed