Juan Jose Torres, like Bernardo Pacheco (see our Klassic Klo blend), is a coffee producer from the indigenous Xinka community and a member of the “Cafe Colis Resistencia”. One of the most important aspects for him in the production of coffee is to respect the surrounding biodiversity.
This is the first time Juan Jose has exported internationally and we are extremely proud to represent this coffee which is absolutely delicious with notes of nectarine, honey and Amaretti.
The indigenous Xinka community and the Cafe Colis Resistencia
The Xinka are an indigenous group in the Mataquescuintla region whose existence is not recognized by the government of Guatemala.
In 2008, the opening of the "Escobal silver mine" was approved without permission from the Xinka, contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The mine threatens the cleanliness of the land, water and air in their territory.
As early as 2003, the Xinka community formed the Cafe Colis Resistencia, a peaceful resistance, which first aims to have their rights recognized and which now has the main objective of blocking access to mines. However, since 2017, thanks to resistance, the mine has been closed.
The development of the Escobal mine is supported by the Canadian company Pan American Silver which claims, on its website, to build and operate mines responsibly.
Buying coffee from Juan Jose Torres is also a gesture to support Cafe Colis Resistencia, which works to have the rights of the Xinkan community recognized.
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