Maya Earth Coffee is a socially responsible for-profit enterprise whose mission is to promote fair-trade, Mayan-produced organic coffee and other indigenous products from Guatemala.
MEC is built around a husband-and-wife partnership. I’m Felipe Gonzales, a second-generation Mexican American, with roots in central Mexico. My wife, Maria Cuc, is a Maya Kakchiquel from the central highlands of Guatemala.
We’ve been involved with Mayan coffee farmers and artisans since the early 1990s, when we both worked with Mayan grassroots organizations in rural Guatemala. Our personal values include honesty, respect, fairness and equality. That’s why we work to develop long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with everyone involved with our business.
We are members of FairTrade USA, Green America and the Northwest Fair Trade Network. We regularly support the following organizations: Amnesty International, Cultural Survival, Network in Solidarity with Guatemala, the Fig Tree, KYRS Thin Air Community Radio, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, and Aquarius Papers.