Coffee Origin: Central American
Coffee Certification: Fair Trade Organic
ASOBAGRI or The Asociacion Barillense de Agricultores was founded in 1989 by 20 Mayan coffee and cardamom farmers. It currently has more than 1,200 cooperative members. The members of ASOBAGRI are from approximately 30 small villages in the Huehuetenango region, surrounded by the Cuchumantanes Mountains and the Maxbal Forest Reserve. This coffee is shade grown under guava, plantain and banana trees. ASOBAGRI promotes sustainable agriculture by training its farmers in organic production methods and they continue to reinvest in their infrastructure while exploring new quality control measures through financing and operating their own warehouses and drying patios.
All of our Central American coffees are grade SHG and are of the highest quality specialty coffees available.
The Royal Select Water Decaffeination process uses clean, pure water from the highest mountain in Mexico. In the decaffeination process, the green coffee beans are immersed in water in order to extract the caffeine. The water contains the soluble components of the coffee beans which hold the elements of the individual coffee’s flavor so that during the extraction of the caffeine the beans maintain their original taste components. The resulting coffee is 99.9% caffeine-free. Once the decaffeination is finished the beans are dried and packed. We are finding the coffee decaffeinated in this ultra-modern Mexican plant to be the purest and cleanest we have found. In addition, the process can be performed on relatively small lots of coffee – this means top quality coffees, rather than volume coffees – can be decaffeinated.