Guatemalan Rainforest Coban Green Coffee Beans, 1 Lb. Bag
We were pleasantly surprised with our first taste of this new coffee from the heart of the Guatemala rainforests. The Coban coffee project is quite unique due to the fact that it not only strives to improve the living conditions of the producers but it is also dedicated to the preservation of the bio-diverse environment of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve. The 583,000 acres, encompassed within the reserve, are home to 885 species of birds, mammals and reptiles; roughly 70% of the registered species in Guatemala and Belize. The producer groups are located in the Northern Buffer Zones of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve in the regions of Alta Verapaz and Baja Verapaz. There are two Mayan producer groups that consist of 462 farms and processing/export plants located in 23 communities. All of which are certified organic by Mayacert/BCS, and as of 2004 they achieved Fair Trade certification. The sustainable coffee farms near this delicate biosphere diminish the negative impacts of agriculture on the environment. The taste of Coban this starts with a very clean, mildly sweet flavor with a pleasant fruitiness that dances in the mouth and fades gently to a smooth, cocoa and smokey finish. The cup is quite dynamic due to its intense brightness that heightens the other charactaristics. Overall a nicely balanced cup that really should be enjoyed as a single origion without blending. We recommend a medium to Full City or French roast. Due to a very limited supply orders are restricted to 3 lbs per order.