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Decaf La Voz - 12 oz bag

 
This year, we focused on the La Voz cooperative in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, to produce a few great lots for our decaffeinated offerings. We decaffeinate this coffee using a natural organic water process in small batches that only last us a short time—which keeps this coffee very fresh and tasting its best. Look for sweet notes of chocolate-covered cherry, graham, and cashew.

SKU# DGUAO-BG

Availability: In stock

$16.25

Decaf La Voz

Story

La Voz was founded in 1979 and has been producing organic coffee for more than 23 years. Their cooperative currently has 155 members, and they are hoping to grow, especially in female membership, in the coming years. About five years ago, the cooperative went through some tough financial times. With new leadership in place, however, they bounced back and have continued to be on the right track.

Cooperative's History

The predominant indigenous group that makes up the cooperative is called the Tz'utuhil. Many cooperative members call each other by their indigenous names and speak the indigenous languages as well as Spanish. Maintaining elements of their culture is very important to them and to their future generations.

In the last two years, the cooperative has put a lot of energy into bringing people who were previously unfamiliar with coffee to see their cooperative. Their ecotourism effort is one that very few other coffee cooperatives are involved in at this point. They have their own café where they use their own green coffee roasted on the premises and place an emphasis on taking tourists through the entire coffee experience, from the coffee tree all the way to the coffee in your cup.

In terms of coffee quality, the conversations we've had over the last few years led to some concrete changes for La Voz this year. In particular, they focused on hiring more people to sort the cherry by color when it is received, they are drying coffee on nylon so it is easier to protect when the inevitable rains come, and they asked the exporter to keep our coffee from different parts of the harvest separate.

We believe in offering the best possible experience to drinkers of decaffeinated coffees: coffees that taste great from farms we’re excited about and relationships in which we take great pride. We send small batches of coffee to the Swiss Water decaffeination plant in Vancouver, Canada, frequently, which allows us to keep our decafs tasting fresh and to offer a larger variety of our best single-origin coffees than if we stuck with traditional, larger-batch decaffeination.

Explanation of the Name

"La Voz que Clama en el Desierto," the full name of their cooperative, translates as "The voice crying out in the desert." During the civil war in Guatemala they wanted to be seen as a group that had the best interest of its members in mind, who supported them through tough times. Locally they are known simply as "La Voz."

Place

San Juan de la Laguna
La Voz's coffee comes from San Juan de la Laguna in the state of Solola, one of the most beautiful places coffee could originate, in our humble opinion. Seated high in the mountains, you can still see the waters edge of Lake Atitlán, the lake created by three centuries old dormant volcanoes. The coffee trees in this region are still benefiting from the volcanic soils.

People

La Voz is incredibly lucky to have the type of leadership team that is currently in place. Andrés Isaías Cotuc Méndez is the cooperative manager who has really turned the cooperative around in the last few years that he has been in charge. He is incredibly dedicated to the success of the group and telling their story to all who meet him.

Notes

Varieties: Typica, Bourbon, and Catuai
Elevation: 1,400–1,850 meters
Post-Harvest Process: Washed then dried on patios at the central mill
Harvest Time: December 2014–March 2015
Certifications: Certified Organic • Counter Culture Direct Trade Certified