uses an organic arabica coffee produced in the Western
Highlands of Guatemala by the "La Voz que Clama en
el Desierto" cooperative, or "The Voice that
Cries out in the Desert." These Guatemalan highlands
produce some of the best and most distinctively flavored
coffee in the world.
Tipica, Bourbon, Catuai
Hard Bean, European Preparation
- 5,000 ft.
processing, sun drying
Polyculture Shade Tree Canopy/ Bird-Friendly
balance of acidity and body with a spicy, fruity
/OCIA/Bird-Friendly SMBC/TranFair USA
La Voz's arabica coffee is cultivated under a rich shade
tree canopy that includes many trees native to the region
(Citrus, Ficus, Inga, Mango, etc.) and provide homes to
a diversity of migratory bird species.
La Voz is a cooperatively managed farmer group with roughly
116 members. The associate farmers produce coffee on small
plots of land (1-2 hectares each) that are individually
owned and maintained. Ripened coffee is harvested by family
members and their friends. Sacks of coffee cherries are
manually carried to the communal wet processing mill where
La Voz's management oversees the depulping, fermentation,
and patio drying. Total annual production is limited to
the equivalent of 8 shipping containers.