Top of the Lake is committed to building relationships with farmers who utilize best agricultural practices to produce the coffee we roast for you. We look for farmers and cooperatives who demonstrate a commitment to paying a sustainable wage for their workers (full time and seasonal) and who maintain a meaningful investment in their community through the economics of coffee. With each bag purchased, $1.00 is invested into our “Greater Good” initiative which endeavors to support community development in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala and beyond.
La Voz – Atitlan region
Atitlan coffee comes from a region in the Western Highlands of Guatemala named for its picturesque volcanoes and beautiful lake. Grown in fertile volcanic soils by a small farmer cooperative rich in Indian tradition, La Voz que Clama en el Desierto (The Voice that Cries out in the Desert) has been certified organic since 1992. The Guatemalan highlands produce some of the best and most distinctively flavored coffees in the world. La Voz’s coffea arabica trees are cultivated under a rich shade tree canopy that includes many trees native to the region. This canopy provides a home to a diversity of migratory bird species. La Voz is a cooperatively managed farmer group with roughly 200 members. The associate farmers produce coffee on small plots of land (1-2 hectares each) that are individually owned and maintained. Ripened coffee is harvested by family members and other coop associates. Sacks of coffee cherries are manually carried to the communal wet processing mill where La Voz’s management oversees the depulping, fermentation and patio drying.
Union Cantinil – Huehuetenango Region
Union Cantinil is a small cooperative of farmers who sustain their farms in the legendary “Casi Cielo” coffee region of Huehuetenango. The high altitude (over 8,000 feet), volcanic soil, and shade canopy serve to produce a complex coffee that radiates a tangy floral, pecan, chocolate and a slight hint of cocoa-nut. Union Cantinil is strongly committed to meaningful impact in their community.
With each purchase of coffee from Union Cantinil, positive economic impact is provided: 10% of funds is given to increase pay for the migrant workers who are critical to the harvest (this bumps the average pay for workers from roughly $4.50/day to $5.00/day – an impactful increase for families); 10% is dedicated to the continual improvement of agricultural practice (healthy coffee plants are critical to consistent coffee flavor, and to ward off the devastating “roya” virus that has severely limited the coffee industry in Guatemala and other countries); 10% is deposited into a sustainable fund for farmers to provide a more consistent income throughout the year).
Casa Flor Ixcaco – Classic Guatemalan Blend
Our Casa Flor Ixcaco classic Guatemala Blend combines premium coffees with those grown in and around the village of San Juan la Laguna on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Our classic blend is a versatile everyday coffee. It projects a clean flavor with a pleasant aftertaste, low acidity with mild tones of chocolate and a slight hint of caramel. Use it for espresso for a unique explosion of coffee goodness!
Decaffeinated Guatemalan – Swiss Water Process
The Swiss Water process for crafting amazing decaffeinated coffee is outstanding. Starting with small batches, caffeine is removed in a gentle, 100% chemical free process. What remains is the exceptional flavor you expect from the Top of the Lake Coffee of Guatemala, and it’s 99.9% caffeine free.
For more information about the decaffeination process, go to www.swisswater.com .