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
More than just paying a fair price
Union Direct Trade means we work together with the coffee farmers in longterm relationships – and help fund projects like "Beans and Bees".
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.
Enjoy coffee from Guatemala
We currently stock two coffees from Guatemala, Liberacion - Notes of dark chocolate and juicy red grape. And Revelation (which includes guatemala coffee in the blend) - Notes of treacle, dark chocolate and cinnamon