Cafe Justicia: Coffee from Guatemala for a Great Cause
If you’re in Toronto and would love to try some delicious coffee that’s fair trade and grown by Mayan communities in Guatemala, then it’s worth ordering a few bags of Cafe Justicia coffee. Café Justicia is Fair Trade, shade-grown, organic coffee produced on the volcanic slopes surrounding Lake Atiltán in the Guatemalan highlands.
Where to Buy Cafe Justicia
Cafe Justicia is sold by a network of organizations and supporters across Canada. In Toronto, it’s sold by my friend, Ken McGuffin who, in addition to his media relations job at the Rotman School of Management has also managed to build a school in the highlands of Guatemala. He also sells weavings from the Asociación Maya de Desarrollo in Solola, Guatemala.
You can read about his school-building activities in his Guatemala School Project blog or follow him on Twitter @schoolproject.
About Cafe Justicia coffee. It’s $15 for a 300 g bag and comes in a medium roast or a dark roast and in beans or ground. The delicious coffee is imported to Canada and roasted by BC Casa, a British Columbia based solidarity organization.
Cafe Justicia Philosophy of Solidarity
Cafe Justicia is produced by members of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), an organization founded in 1982 and mandated to peacefully defend the rights of workers on large coffee, sugar and cotton plantations in Guatemala; recover lands stolen from the Mayan communities over the past century; promote organic and traditional Mayan agriculture, and protect the cultural rights of Guatemala’s Mayan majority.
A few years ago, I completed a month-long community development assignment with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) in La Campa, Honduras (3 bone-rattling hours from Copan) and saw first-hand what an amazing difference even a little international support can mean to a community.
If you’re travelling to Honduras, check out the Visit La Campa tourism project page and plan a visit to the coffee plantation, go horseback riding or make some Lenca pottery.