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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

Single Origins

At Scarlet City, we recognize that women continue to face special challenges in participating in the formal economy. We believe we can contribute to a more equitable economy by intentionally seeking out coffees that result from women's work that is rewarded equitably, or that come from woman-owned enterprises or from projects that deliberately focus on advancing women's health, economic development and standing in their communities. With so many steps in the coffee production process, what does that really mean? It means we go out of our way to find superior coffees that come from farms that are women-owned. It means that we focus on purchasing coffees from farms that invest in the health, economic development and advancement of human rights of women in coffee farm-worker communities. It means that we favor coffees milled and imported by women-owned businesses. It means that any chance we have to support our sisters, you can count on us to do that. We bring these coffees to you in the form of our lineup of outstanding single-origin coffees for drip or other non-espresso preparation, all of which highlight the important role women play in bringing the coffee to our cups. Our commitment to supporting women also means that we use the same approach when selecting suppliers for our other needs. And finally, it means we invest in women's efforts in the social, business, herstorical, and entertainment sectors. Past projects we have funded include Women's Initiative for Self-Employment,"Wonder Women : The Untold Story of American Superheroines", Global Fund for Women"Women on the Land", Women Drummers InternationalSFWAR, popuphood Oakland, Feminist Current, and Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project.

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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