Mill Name: Rio Azul
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra and Catuai
Altitude: 1800-2000 meters
Process: Fully washed and dried in the sun and in mechanical driers
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Milk Chocolate, Pear
It’s early in the morning, you don’t need too much to get going. As the sun rises, brew yourself a cup of this wonderfully sweet coffee. A couple sips and you are ready to spread your wings and take off, soaring high above the clouds, free like a bird.
Free Bird is sourced from four-hundred family owned farms located within the municipality of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. On average, producers cultivate coffee on 2 acres of land intercropped with corn and beans produced for their own consumption. The producers have very little infrastructure to process their own coffee so they have partnered with an export company called Unitrade Coffee, which has a centrally located wet mill in Huehuetenango where producers can deliver their cherry. In addition to supporting coffee producers improve their access to international markets, Unitrade established an organization called CoffeeCare (focused on education, nutrition, and health) to ensure that producers have healthy places to send their children to learn, grow, and play while they are harvesting coffee.