|Taste||Tastes like nectarine, marzipan, custard|
Isabela Marcos Gaspar is a sixty seven year old coffee farmer in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. She established her farm in 1990, began selling to the local market three years later, transitioned toward organic in 2004, and received certification in 2009. Throughout this evolution and through the present, Isabela has invested in effective shade management, organic composting, processing improvements, soil conservation, and protection of local plant species. She is currently overseeing a renovation to her on-farm processing infrastructure in order to increase both her yields and the quality of her product. Hers is precisely the type of narrative that underpins so much of the lovely coffee we have the opportunity to drink today. We owe our familiarity with her to our importing partners at Atlas Coffee Importers, who last year introduced us to CODECH and ADIPY, a cooperative and sub-association within the cooperative, the groups in which Isabela Marcos Gaspar participates.
Atlas has been working with CODECH (Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Desarrollo de Concepción Huista) for ten years. Of CODECH’s 482 members, 167 are women. Within CODECH are four base associations, one of which is ADIPY (Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Productivo Yamanonh), with 92 female contributors. In addition to offering micro-lots like Isabela’s, Atlas curates regional blends that are representative of the prevailing flavour profiles of each association, and last year Dispatch purchased the ADIPY lot. This coffee was a hit, so this season we intended to build upon this relationship by evaluating some of the micro-lot caliber submissions from ADIPY’s female contributors and bringing one selection to the menu. Vibrant tropical fruits layered atop a creamy, custardy foundation helped Isabela’s lot leap from the table and quickly win our hearts. With this selection we sustain our collaboration with CODECH, ADIPY, and Atlas, and are happy to highlight the work of a particular individual within a broader system we are proud to support. In the cup, we think this one tastes like nectarine, marzipan and custard.