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Tz’ikin is the Mayan nahual (spirit animal) that protects the land.  Inspired by Tz’ikin, our blend protects the earth and funds a program promoting sustainable coffee production.

In Mayan culture, the Tz’ikin is a nahual (spirit animal) and the keeper of Mayan lands. Inspired by the nahual, we contribute a portion of our profits from every bag sold. This premium goes to support agronomy outreach. Agronomy projects will help coffee producers adapt to a changing climate. Through agronomy outreach, our Tz’ikin blend helps protect the earth by promoting sustainable coffee production. This project is developed and implemented with a local foundation.

Previously sold as Mam, the quality of our Tz’ikin blend remains the same, with the added benefit of supporting sustainable coffee production. The name change also recognizes the challenges that come with coffee farming in a changing climate. Today, about 75% of Huehuetenango’s population are indigenous Maya. Tz’ikin is sourced from smallholders in a micro-region around La Libertad, Cuchamantes mountain range and San Pedro Necta municipalities in the Huehuetenango region.

Due to its remoteness, most producers in Huehuetenango process their own coffee. Fully washed home processing is the most common method. Farmers selectively hand pick cherry and pulp it on their farms, usually with small hand-powered or electric drum pulpers. After fermenting, parchment is agitated to remove remaining mucilage and washed with clean water. All water used during pulping and washing will be filtered – usually through earthen holes – so that the organic solids do not contaminate local waterways.

Farmers typically lay parchment to dry on raised beds that are stacked on top of each other to maximize space. Patios are also frequently used. Our exporting partner evaluates coffee for quality before finalizing the purchase at their purchasing site in Huehuetenango City. After purchase, parchment is sent to the dry mill where it rests until it is milled and prepared for export.