We chose a rose-breasted grosbeak for our label because they summer here on St. Joseph Island, and will fly as far south as Guatemala (or even further!), to winter. Now, whether or not this rose-breasted grosbeak will actually visit a coffee tree in Guatemala, we will never know. But, the fact is that it’s possible, and it’s another reason why it’s so important to think globally about the organic movement.
This particular rose-breasted grosbeak visited us at our sunroom window this past spring (2013). It was right after that crazy spring snow storm. The grass had already started turning green, and then *BAM* down came the snow. We were joking that this little fellow was wishing he was inside sitting on our avocado plant. Maybe it was reminding him of Guatemala where it was a whole lot warmer.
Fast Facts on Chajul ~ from Cooperative Coffees
1668 coffee farmers in 56 communities, all organic
Annual production: around 50-60 containers
Diversification projects: cardamon, honey, The Posada lodge, garment-making
Founded in 1988, FLO registered
Their Annual Assembly is in October
Their anniversary is in January
Future– improve dry mill
You can also check their internet site http://asociacionchajulense.org
Learn about their women’s artisan group (and check out what they’re making!)