Coffee and bees are natural bedfellows, in just the sort of mutually beneficial, direct relationship we like.
Coffee flowers are a source of sugary, high-quality nectar for bees, and the bees improve coffee plant health and berry quality through pollination.
Increased yield means more coffee to sell and more income for the coffee farmers.
Beans and Bees is our project in Guatemala, Esquipulas, where we offer support and training for female coffee farmers on how to maintain a bee colony and extract honey.
This project has several benefits and not just for the coffee trees. It’s about empowering women, providing guidance on how to produce and sell the honey, work in a group and run a small business together.
Honey also provides much needed nutritional value for the children in the community.