Monthly Archives: September 2012

Spotlight : Guatemalan Maya Ixil de Avelina

Cooperative Maya Ixil is situated in the mountains in the Ixcan region in the department of Quiche, Guatemala. With temperate climates, high altitudes and fertile valleys this combination shows up in the cup. It’s aroma and matching creamy smooth flavor leads to its’ pleasant finish.

At the farm level, technical crop improvements the community promoted has lead to producing  a high quality of coffee.  Maya Ixil’s coffee is grown under many lush shade trees that produce native fruits, as a result the animal species flourish. The emphasis on quality is always foremost for these farmers. Each farmer has a small hand de-pulper at their farmer. They de-pulp and dry their own coffee before bringing it to the Mayan Ixcan Cooperative. Many farmers are from the surrounding communities such as San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj.

Since 1998, these farmers have been successful at gaining organic certification. The certification means a lot to their community. It not only improves the quality of life for the farmers, but helps the environment through sustainable agriculture techniques.  More than 125 Quiche families represent the Cooperative. They have helped provide greater opportunities for business growth by providing jobs and economic stability to their community.
Cupping notes: Sweet aroma, creamy smooth rich body, soft citrus and fruit notes, clean and pleasant finish.

Elevation: 7,0000 feet
Varietals: Bourbon, Caturra
Processing Method: Washed On-Site, Milled in Santa Avelina
Grade: Strictly hard bean
Harvest: December – March
Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic
Farm: Cooperative Maya Ixil

4 Steps to Great Iced Tea

While Labor Day brings about the close of summer for most areas of the country, here in Arizona it’s still blazing hot! We’ve got fun fall flavors on the horizon, but who wants to drink hot tea when it’s 110 degrees? Not us!So in honor of all the warm-climate residents, we’re posting our favorite at-home iced tea brewing method so you can squeeze the last few drops out of summer.

  1. Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat-resistant pitcher.
  2. Pour 2-3 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea.*
  3. Steep for 4 minutes and then strain tea leaves. Also, if adding sweetener, do so now.
  4. Add cold water and ice to fill pitcher.
  5. Enjoy!

*Note: If using green or white tea, DO NOT pour boiling water over the leaves as this will make it bitter.  Instead, boil the water, remove it from the heat for 2 minutes, and then pour it.