What makes this coffee so incredibly special and unique?
The Mayni community live within the Peruvian cloud forests, about 6 hours drive from the nearest town of Satipo in the East of Peru. The coffee they grow, grows beneath the forest canopy and is picked by hand to ensure only the best fruits are pulled from the tree. These beautiful people are the protectors of the rain-forest, taking it upon themselves to ensure the forests will remain intact for generations to come. Our work with the Mayni and now many neighbouring indigenous communities has provided a blueprint for coffee growing in the region, without the need for slash and burn and gives the communities a sustainable way to earn a good income from their lands without the need to destroy them. By supporting the work we do, you are directly supporting a new way of thinking and a new, proven way to protect the rain-forests.
The rain-forests are extremely vulnerable to the actions of humans, our best chance of saving them is by working with the people who live within them, giving them an incentive in the right way and helping them to produce good, ongoing incomes from the forest, so that there is no desire to cut them down.
It is believed that there are nearly a hundred indigenous communities in the wild forested areas of Peru, each having unique dialects and ways of life.
The Mayni are one such group consisting of around thirty families that continue to live according to their traditions and beliefs, while growing incredible coffee for us to roast and enjoy.
For a long time before we were introduced to the Mayni, they had been the benefactors of sponsorship that enabled them to grow coffee as sustainably as possible, while ensuring maximum protection to the forest. This sponsorship came in the form of agricultural consultation and financial support from the Peruvian Government and the conservation group Programa Nacional del Conservación de Bosques para la Mitigación del Cambio Climatic (roughly translating to The National Program of Forest Conservation for the Mitigation of Climate Change).
As the sponsorship came to an end, we began working with the Mayni to create a viable commercial solution that supports the incredible work that was being done.