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3960 Adeline Street
Emeryville, CA 94608


We wanted the perfect cup of coffee, so we roasted it. We believe that the future can be humane, sustainable and delicious - so delicious we won't wait for it to arrive. The future is businesses that have a minimal ecological footprint, that are tied constructively to their consumer and producer communities. The future is knowing what is enough and savoring a sweet little spot in a well-balanced world. We serve our customers the future today by providing magnificent, ethically-sourced coffees, medium-roasted and expertly blended for espresso and more that will blow their minds and let their thoughts drift to a future worth working for. It's not science fiction, it's Scarlet City.

Resistance is Futile.

Guatemala Ixil de Avelina

All Coffee

All coffees are roasted separately, to a range of medium to medium/dark roast styles.  Please see our Roasting Philosophy page for more information.  Roast days are Tuesdays & Thursdays unless otherwise indicated.  Orders placed prior to 7am on roast days may be roasted that day, but not guaranteed (please note in your order whether you need confirmation of roast date).  Orders for pick up at the espresso bar will be ready on the Weds or Friday after roast day after 12pm.

Guatemala Ixil de Avelina


Guatemala Ixil de Avelina


Flavor notes : creamy body and very smooth with notes of black pepper & honey, ; caramelly with milk

Cooperative Ixil de Avelina is situated in the mountains of the tropical Ixcan region in the department of Quiche, Guatemala. Ixil farmers are from the surrounding communities of San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj.

Ixil de Avelina evolved out of the necessity to improve coffee prices. In 1998, a group began to organize and succeeded in gaining organic certification. It meant not only an improvement of the quality of life for the farmers, but also improvements for the environment through sustainable practices.  In 2004, Ixil de Avelina was certified as Fair Trade coffee.  Ixil de Avelina has 185 members currently and produces about6 containers per harvest, but due to Roya (leaf rust)  in 2014, their production has fallen quite a bit.  Despite this, they were positive and upbeat on a recent visit from one of our buyers.

The cooperative uses its fair trade premiums to fund the projects noted below and are in the process of building a school for the community.  Members are additionally participating in a pilot project by Food 4 Farmers to promote commercial beekeeping as a supplemental source of income for small coffee farmers.

Women's Microcredit Fund

While 12 female farmers are now cooperative members, coffee farming is heavily dominated by males in this community. To empower the wives of farmers to engage in other economic pursuits, Maya Ixil created a microcredit fund intended for income diversification plans, such as purchasing materials to raise livestock and to produce handicrafts and textiles. The additional income they generate both benefits the families and contributes to a growing gender equality in the community.

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