$18.25 | 12 oz bag
Representing three villages near beautiful Lake Atitlán in southwestern Guatemala, La Asociación Integral Unidos Para Vivir Mejor (ASUVIM), is a small coffee association with a strong focus on quality. Approximately 50 producers, growing mostly Pache- and Typica-variety coffees, bring their ripe coffee cherries to a central mill each evening where the coffee is processed to create this exceptional lot. Look for flavors of stone fruit, red grape, and vanilla.
Although we purchased coffee from La Asociación Integral Unidos Para Vivir Mejor (ASUVIM) in the past, this year represents the first time we've had direct communication by traveling to visit farmers and members of the association. It was during this visit that we recognized the group's ability to create great coffee, but also their desire to make improvements through better picking and sorting, as well as improved coffee-drying practices. Additionally, organic farming practices are commonplace in this region, and we are excited that ASUVIM is now certified organic.
ASUVIM was created with the help of a non-governmental organization in 2003. The focus of this non-governmental organization was not just to facilitate production of coffee, but to assist residents and provide agricultural training, childhood education, community organization, and governmental representation. The wet mill facility was constructed to serve the community as a central place for meetings, offices, and eco-tourism, as well as a small school for local children. ASUVIM is one of ten secondary associations that delivers its coffee to the primary cooperative, Manos Campesinas.
ASUVIM (pronounced ah-sue-VEME) is the Asociación Integral Unidos Para Vivir Mejor, which roughly translates to the state's Integral Association for a Better Life.