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7. Guatemala – Santa Anita celebrates sustainability

I am just back from an amazing visit to Santa Anita de la Union, a community of families of ex-combatants in Guatemala’s 36-year civil war.  This week, the community celebrated the inauguration of a new “ecological” wet mill.  This mill reduces from the amount of water needed to process 100 pounds of coffee cherries from about 1200 liters to as little 200 liters or less by relying on manual propulsion of beans into the depulpers and recycling the water used in the depulping process for washing the coffee after fermentation.

Here are some images from Santa Anita’s celebration of its new green wet mill.

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