San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
$18.25 | 12 oz bag
Nestled on the southwestern shore of Lake Atitlán in the municipality of San Pedro La Laguna, ADENISA is a small association of 43 coffee farmers. Working in the shadows of Volcán San Pedro, farmers collect coffee cherries on slopes ranging from 1,610 to 2,100 meters above sea level and bring it to a central mill for processing. Farmers grow mostly Caturra and some Bourbon and Pache varieties, making this super crisp coffee taste like apple and dried fruit.
he Asociación de Desarrollo Nimajuyú San Pedrano (ADENISA) was formed in 2004 by the Federación de Pueblos Mayas, a local non-governmental organization that provides developmental services such as financial credit, institutional organization, and advertisement for competitive and sustainable endeavors in the communities surrounding Lake Atitlán. ADENISA is one of 10 associations that delivers coffee to the primary cooperative, Manos Campesinas. We began working with ADENISA in 2017, but have sourced Guatemalan coffee through Manos Campesinas since 2013.
The association also has a very productive vermiculture (worm) composting program. By feeding the worms a mixture of coffee pulp, organic waste, and cow manure, the large composting operation has the capacity to produce more than a million kilograms of compost in a single year. This process supports organic farming practices throughout the region and provides another revenue stream and opportunity for farmers to work together on improving the place where the live and work. An exciting development in 2017 was that the group donated some of their profits to two local organizations—one focused on cleaning up Lake Atitlán, and the other providing direct support to kids with developmental disabilities or those needing physical rehabilitation. This is a sign of their commitment and investment in the community and environment they depend on.
The predominant indigenous group that makes up the ADENISA is called the Tz'utujil. Many members call each other by their indigenous names and speak indigenous languages, as well as Spanish. Maintaining elements of their Mayan culture is very important to them and to their future generations.