Anodyne recently sent me one of their flagship coffees—Donuts Friend Blend. This blend is comprised of coffee from the Reje Gayo Cooperative in Aceh, Sumatra and a certified organic roast from Guatemala. The Guatemalan component is from the region of San Pedro La Laguna, Atitlan.
This coffee comes to us courtesy of the Reje Gayo co-op in central Aceh, Indonesia where it is wet-pulped and dried for an average of three days. There are a total of 282 producers that contributed coffee to this specific lot—all of whom are women. These women either own, or manage a farm of an average area of 1.5 hectares. The Reje Gayo Cooperative works with this group of women producers, helping to educate in terms of production practices, and overseeing the application of a premium that was included in the purchase of this coffee.
The use of the premium was decided by majority vote taken among all women members at a village meeting. This year’s premium will be put towards purchasing new farm tools: shovels, hoes, saws, and shears for all members. Reje Gayo believes this program will continue to grow and promote the ability of women producers through education and an organized support system.
Reje Gayo’s plans for the future include the distribution of organic fertilizers, provision of coffee shade plants such as avocado, basic construction training, and the provision of coffee seeds.
SAN PEDRO LA LAGUNA
On the southwest shore of Lake Atitlan surrounded by volcanic mountains, lies the bustling town of San Pedro La Laguna. For centuries the town has been inhabited primarily by Mayan ancestors known as the Tz’utujil people. Coffee beans hailing from the Atitlan region are grown along the slopes of the numerous area volcanoes. The rich, volcanic soil and high-elevation produce slow-growing beans unlike any other origin. Harvested beans are washed with the waters of Lake Atitlan.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Donut’s Friend Blend, from Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Feel free to pull up a chair.