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The Mayni and their Forest

The Mayni are an indigenous community based in Peru, we buy the majority of our coffee from them. It is believed that there are nearly a hundred indigenous communities in the wild forested areas of Peru, each having unique dialects and ways of life. The Mayni are one such group consisting of around thirty families that continue to live according to their traditions and beliefs, while providing coffee to national and international markets.

For the five years before José was introduced to the Mayni, they had been the benefactors of sponsorship that enabled them to grow coffee as sustainably as possible while ensuring maximum protection to the forest. This sponsorship came in the form of agricultural consultation and financial support from the Peruvian Government and the conservation group Programa Nacional del Conservación de Bosques para la Mitigación del Cambio Climatic (roughly translating to The National Program of Forest Conservation for the Mitigation of Climate Change).

As the sponsorship came to an end, José and his company Easy José Coffee began working with the Mayni

As the sponsorship came to an end, José and his company Easy José Coffee  began working with the Mayni, and over the past three years not only has his support and feedback has seen incredible change to their harvesting and processing of coffee, it has also ensured that the community can continue to thrive in their traditional and chosen way of life.

The forests cover steepsided mountains and are one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth, meaning its conservation is of paramount importance. As part of the Amazon cloud forest – so-called owing to a near constant cover of mist and low-lying cloud, the fragile ecosystem is so heavily intertwined with itself that a small breakdown in the chain could have horrendous repercussions.

The cloud forests are extremely vulnerable to the actions of humans, not only on the ground in terms of deforestation, but from the effects of climate change. Currently there is a 0.3 degree change in climate every year, although this sounds small,the impact on the ecosystem is dramatic. For example, prolonged periods of drought can cause irreparable damage to the rain-loving species that thrive in wetter conditions.

Luckily, the soil is very fertile which makes the reintroduction of plants and species reasonably straight forward. Coffee plants thrive in biodiverse, forested areas meaning that the indigenous communities can protect their forest from deforestation and have agricultural success at the same time. A match made in sustainability heaven.

Most of the indigenous communities pool their crops together, it is a mix of varieties, Catuai, Caturra, Typica, Red Bourbon and Yellow Bourbon. All of this coffee is sold exclusively to us and is the foundation coffee in both our Signature Espresso and Filter coffee blends.