Located approximately an hour and a half away from Melaque is the small community of Cuzalapa, which is where you’ll find the local women’s co-op, the Color de la Tierra. Started in the year 2000, a group of women here set out to rescue and preserve local coffee-growing traditions, which were at risk of being lost forever. They have since grown and expanded tremendously over the last 20 years, now growing their own coffee, as well as purchasing and selling products from 53 local families in their own small community store.
Dan has been visiting the ladies here and taking small tour groups up to the plantation and workshop for the last 15 years, supporting these women in what they do and helping where he can ever since.
As well as our offered day tour up to Cuzalapa, we also sell some of their food and drink products in our office, having bought directly from the women themselves to try and help expand their ever-growing client market. In the office, dependent on availability, we sell both their dark and medium roast coffees (bean and ground), honey, mojote (maya nut), and jamaica (hibiscus tea, when it is available).
At their community store, you will also find they sell embroidered wears, jams and chutneys, biscuits, organic shampoos, as well as many other products made from seasonally available produce.
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