$14.00 – $55.00
Cafe Organico Marcala, or COMSA, was created in 2000 by 62 farmers who wanted to reform the way coffee was grown. Many of the members belong to the indigenous Lenca tribe who brought their traditional sustainable organic farming practices along with them. In 2001, they were certified organic, in 2006 achieved fair trade status, and today they boast over 300 members—providing much-needed employment to many local farmers and workers, and using the premium they gain from their excellent product for important social projects in their communities. Now recognized as innovators in organic techniques—from carbon sequestration, to methods of drying harvested coffee, to the recycling of wastewater—they share their practices with neighboring countries to find organic solutions to problems such as coffee rust.