We got to meet the President

By Winston

Ed Canty, Rick Peyser and Winston Rost have been in Coban, Alta Verapaz in Guatemala, visiting APODIP – Asociacion de Productores para el Desarrollo Integral del Polochic. We’ve bought coffee before from this coop and with this visit we hope to buy more. In 2006 and 2007, Green Mountain Coffee funded some research with CIAT and Food Lab to do some food security research with coffee farmers in the area and many of those farmers are members of APODIP. This morning we met members of the coop board, their General Manager Marvin Lopez Garcia, and their President Emilio Quim (Pictured with Ed Canty). It turns out that Emilio has never met a coffee roaster before and he has been a coffee farmer all his life and Marvin said that we’re the first roaster to make it up here to visit them.

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