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Origin Information

Grower
Adrían Hernández member of Cooperativa Integral de Ahorro y Crédito Café Responsabilidad Limitada (COPECAFE)
Variety
Maragogype
Region
Rio Ocho community, Santiago Chimaltenango, Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala
Harvest
January - May
Altitude
1800- 2000 masl
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Fully washed afer pulping and fermenting, then dried on raised beds under solar canopy
Certifications
Fair Trade, Organic

Background Details

Huehuetenango is perhaps Guatemala’s best-known department for bright, articulate coffees. Coffees from here are often clear-flavored and buoyant on the palate, with a balance evocative of tropical fruit juice and iced tea. Huehuetenango is a ruggedly steep and lush department consisting almost entirely of highland valleys that benefit from temperate climates at high elevations, narrow passages and sharp peaks, a landscape with seemingly endless potential for outstanding coffees. Most of Huehuetenango’s smallholders descend from pre-Columbian civilizations and identify as Mam, Q’anjob’al, Chuj, Jakaltek, Tektik, Awakatek, Chalchitek, Akatek, and K’iche’. Adrián Hernández is an associate of Cooperativa Integral de Ahorro y Crédito Café de Responsabilidad Limitada (COPECAFE). COPECAFE is a grower association originally founded in 2008 with 24 coffee producers, and currently based out of the city of Quetzaltenango. The cooperative was founded to promote the social and economic improvement of its members, including whatever projects, programs, needs and activities the producers had in common that took a common effort to achieve. COPECAFE currently provides technical training not just for coffee production, but also for honey and panela (a type of raw sugar), as well as promoting companion crops to coffee such as bananas, citrus, avocado, and loquat, and native shade canopy. Adrián has been growing coffee for 35 years and currently manages an 18-hectare farm that also produces many of the above secondary crops. Despite the larger farm size for his area, Adrián’s harvest and processing is entirely completed by family members. Coffee is depulped and fermented in concrete tanks, and then washed the next day with fresh ground water and dried using a combination of patios and solar driers. COPECAFE works with Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala (FECCEG) for dry milling, marketing, and exportation. FECCEG represents a number of different smallholder farmer organizations across Guatemala. Each individual farmer, like Adrián, who contribute finished parchment to FECCEG via their association, retains a register of their delivery to FECCEG for their own tracking and transparency purposes. They keep in touch with FECCEG throughout the milling and sample evaluation stages, and in the case of producers like Adrián, can have their coffees marketed as single-farm microlots if they qualify.