Guatemala Huehuetenango FTO - CODECH Women's Producer Lot

Heavy body, plum, grape, strawberry, chocolate
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P610563-1
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About This Coffee

CODECH is the Coordinator of Development Organizations in Concepción Huista (Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Desarrollo de Concepción Huista in Spanish) , founded by three groups: 1) the organization of coffee producers, 2) the organization of midwives and 3) the municipal teachers' council in the year 2000. CODECH arises from the need to market and sell coffee from local producers. Thirty-seven percent of the farmers in this non-profit organization are women, who initially participated as midwives. Over time the project has opened to support the development of women in the region.

Country of Origin Guatemala
Region Cuchumatanes, Huehuetenango
Producer Type Cooperative
Farm Name Various smallholders
Co-Op Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Desarrollo de Concepción Huista
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1000m - 2000m
Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, Pache
Certifications FLO Fairtrade Certified, Organic certified

History of Coffee in Guatemala

Although coffee was brought over from the Caribbean in the mid-18th century by Jesuit priests, it was used primarily as an ornamental plant and garden crop for 100 years in Guatemala. Coffee wasn’t widely traded, however, until commercial production began in the 1850s. The volcanic soil and various micro-climates proved ideal for growing coffee in Guatemala. Coffee, within a generation, became the country’s most important crop. In 1860, Guatemala exported 140,000 pounds of coffee, and just 25 years later, the country was exporting over 40 million pounds. Large numbers of coffee farmers were German immigrants responsible for many inventions and innovations related to coffee milling. Most of Guatemala’s coffee was exported to Germany until the First World War, when exports shifted to the United States.

Growing Coffee in Guatemala

Coffee farming practices are similar to other countries in the region, but Guatemala has an abundance of water, volcanic soil, and very distinct micro-climates compared to its neighbors. Although late to coffee, Guatemala recognized and responded to the needs of the emerging specialty coffee sector earlier than most coffee-producing regions. Anacafé, the coffee producers association in Guatemala, identifies seven growing regions: Fraijanes, the plateau south of Guatemala City; Coban, a rainforest region in the center of the country; Huehuetenango, highlands near the border with Mexico; Atitlan, primarily the volcanic mountains on the Pacific side of Lake Atitlan; San Marcos, between Huehuetenango and the Pacific Ocean; Oriente, the driest of the growing regions located near the eastern border with Honduras; and the most famous of all, Antigua, nestled among the volcanoes an hour’s drive southwest of Guatemala City.

  • Region Cuchumatanes, Huehuetenango
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Producer Type Cooperative
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, Pache
  • Min Growing Altitude 1000m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2000m
  • Co-Op Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Desarrollo de Concepción Huista
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • Status Spot
  • Certifications FLO Fairtrade Certified, Organic certified
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB HH FANCY
  • CTRM Contract Number P610563-1
  • Ctrm Region Huehuetenango
  • Country of Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse The Annex