Each family is paid by the weight of the coffee they sort, meaning they can take as much or as little time as needed. Some family members are fast, some family members are slower, but when they work together they get it done!
"Today we started selecting the coffee. Pepe, Juan and Doña Victoria helped us, carefully inspecting each grain with love and joy. These meetings are where we learn and talk, and where everyone shares their story of the day." - Cata
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Do you have a laptop you no longer want or need? In a few weeks Ryan Sanders will be returning to Mexico, and we want to send a laptop with him to give to Cata and the crew. At the moment they are using a phone for all their updates, research, budgets, and admin. A laptop would make such a difference!
Every year on 06.02, people of all communities and backgrounds commemorate the first signing of NZ’s founding document: Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) in 1840. Waitangi Day is recognised as NZ’s national day and is the most important marker in the country’s history.
Through the Pluma Coffee Project, we have the privilege and pleasure of working in partnership with indigenous people both with and without disabilities, on both sides of the Pacific - Māori, and Zapotec. Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles guide all of our work.
Today's blog is an oldie, but a goodie, as Yonel Watene (Ngāti Maru (Hauraki), Ngāpuhi) reflects on his first visit to Pluma Hidalgo - home of the Zapotec people and Pluma coffee.
The next step of our process is to weigh and allocate 'gold coffee' to each family we partner with. A key aspect of our business model is ensuring people with and without disabilities have the opportunity to work together on shared tasks such as sorting coffee - we believe this is one of the best ways to dismantle ableist attitudes.
Of course, delivering bags of gold coffee around the village is thirsty work, so the team stopped by our friend Rosie's cafe - La boveda del cafe pluma hidalgo - for a coffee when they were done!
While us Kiwis have spent the summer enjoying 2019's Pluma coffee, over in Mexico a fresh crop of coffee cherries has been picked and dried, and is now being processed by the disabled people we employ, together with their families. Over the next couple of weeks the team wants share their process with us using photos.
First step: remove the outer husk from the coffee seed. "The retrilla process is where a special machine removes the parchment to free the seed or kernel, resulting in 'gold coffee'. Our team will then sort through the gold coffee to select the best beans for shipment to New Zealand. In these pictures you can see Juanito placing the parchment into the retrilla machine, and showing you how gold coffee turns out after this process." - Cata
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