You may be asking yourself what to do once the Yule is past, but winter lingers on (and on and on). April is still a distant promise, and there are no proverbial horses to throw overboard to hasten the end of the winter doldrums. The snow, the cold, the dark mornings. There really is only one solution. Embrace it, and by “it” I mean a mug of Jack Frost Blend.
Jack Frost is a Fair Trade and Organic blend, a combination of Sumatra Gayo and Mexico Chiapas, Triunfo Verde Cooperative.
The Gayo Arabika Mahkota Indonesia (GARMINDO) cooperative has about 550 smallholder farmer members, each of whom owns less than 1.5 hectares of farmland, on average. The association was founded by our partner Sakdan, who owns and operates the Bergandal Farm and Mill: He and his brothers were raised in a coffee-producing family and have long been supporters of their fellow farmers. GARMINDO also has a women coffee producers subgroup.
The farms contributing to Triunfo Verde Co-op are located in the buffer zone of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve. The biosphere is located in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve is one of the world’s most diverse forest reserves. This reserve contains Mesoamerica’s largest continuous cloud forest, and it serves as a refuge to thousands of plant and animal species. El Triunfo is a rare and valuable sanctuary which requires continued protection. All the coffee they produce is shade-grown, and biological corridors are created in order to facilitate bird and animal migration. Triunfo Verde Co-op comprises 346 members and is managed by Hugo Lares, with quality control supervision by Calixto Guillén. Calixto is a highly motivated leader and is committed to quality.