This single-origin coffee is produced by the unique and small coffee community of Santa Anita La Union in Western Guatemala, where a group of former guerrillas who now grow coffee beans as a means to rebuilding their community. Whole bean.
VARIETIES: Bourbon, catuai, catimor and caturra
ALTITUDE: 1000+ m.a.s.l.
METHOD: Washed, sun dried
NOTES: Brown sugar, almond, cinnamon, green grapes
ROAST: Full City. This is our favourite roast, and is somewhere between Medium and Dark. It mutes a bit of the acidity, but brings out the sweetness and body of the beans.
MADE BY: APCASA (Association of Coffee Producers of Santa Anita)
REGION: Santa Anita, Guatemala
IMPACT: This coffee community is made up of just 35 families from all corners of the country who came together after Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war. Here, they purchased an old coffee farm to rebuild the next chapter of their lives. Today, they continue to innovate and persevere in the coffee industry and inspire positive change in their community.
Filberto is one of Granito’s coffee farmers, and is a member of The San Miguel Escobar Cooperative (Café Artesanal San Miguel). This co-op is a 30-member group of smallholder coffee farmers located near Antigua, Guatemala. Situated on the slopes of Volcán Agua, San Miguel is home to many coffee farmers, some of whom have learned that the extra effort put into processing specialty grade, high quality coffee pays off!
The co-op got its kickstart working with the organization De La Gente (a long time OG partner), and now works with others like Granito Coffee. Their goals are to improve the livelihoods of their families and communities, help local youth see a future in coffee farming, organize community-based tourism and strive towards a more equitable and inclusive coffee industry.
In a time where the delivery of goods from halfway around the world to your doorstep is normalized, we at OG want to ensure that the products we bring are done so with the earth in mind. That’s why we’ve worked hard to optimize our supply chain so that your stuff doesn’t spend half of its life in transit, contributing even more to carbon emissions. We purchase the products from the makers, and send them to you. That’s it. When we keep the planet top of mind, we all win.
While lots of e-commerce products go through tons of steps before reaching the consumer, we’ve done our best to shrink that chain. And, where a step can’t be avoided, we’ve found companies & intermediaries that align with our values and goals. We do this by purchasing directly from the retailers, packaging & shipping products ourselves, and more.
Granito Coffee sources its beans from three cooperatives in Guatemala. Each of these cooperatives has its own story, but all are committed to making coffee a sustainable part of their communities. Cooperativas La Voz, San Miguel and Santa Anita are all working towards a more just and equitable coffee industry by reinvesting profits into education, social programs and coffee innovation.
Like the OG Marketplace, Granito Coffee uses socially minded importers & exporters who share our values and vision. Interamerican supplies specialty green coffee to roasters across North America. De La Gente is a long time partner of OG’s, and continues to work with small-holder coffee farmers and cooperatives.
Then, Granito works with a local roaster in Toronto to turn those green beans into something even more beautiful! They package the beans in house and take their coffee to markets, and sell it direct to consumer online (as well as through the OG Marketplace). Granito is committed to making good coffee a little better for all of us.
Then, the coffee goes online (or to markets here in Toronto) and are delivered directly to you! With no physical retail space and by keeping our operating costs as low as possible, we can offer both the producers and you, our consumers, the fairest price around.