Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Blackberry, Cherry, Medium Body
Processing Method: Washed
Certifications: Fair Trade Organic
ABOUT THE COOPERATIVE
This Fairtrade, Organic certified coffee comes from Codech
(Coordinator of Organizations for the Development of Concepcion
Huista), located in the department of Huehuetenango in Guatemala and
consists of Bourbon, Cattura, Pach, Catuai, and Typica.
In 1998, the Alliance for Youth Community Development (ADEJUC in
Spanish) arrived at Concepción Huista, Huehuetenango, and began
lobbying with the different organizations working in the municipality
with the purpose of forming an entity that would represent the social,
political, economic, environmental and cultural interests of the
municipality. That is how on August 19, 1999, CODECH began.
CODECH currently consists of eight grassroots organizations, 6 of
these have legal status and two recognized at the municipal level
(Municipal organization and Magisterial Council of Women). In total,
they account for almost 500 active members: 167 women and 326 men. In
2001, the board of CODECH began to strengthen, participating in
training processes at the local, provincial and national levels, and
start to submit proposals for funding to achieve the objectives.
Today, among the eight organizations, 550 hectares (Ha) of coffee are
being cultivated, at an altitude that ranges between 1,500 and 2,032
meters above sea level. 300 Ha of coffee have been certified fair
trade (FLO) and 250 Ha are certified as organic coffee. In addition to
the income received by each member, many families have benefited with
technical assistance, training processes, and have support with
inputs, and improvement in the quality and prices of the coffee. Also,
in addition to the income obtained by fair trade (for each 100 pounds
sold, a social premium of US $ 10 is received), which is invested in
education, health, functioning of the grassroots organizations and
functioning of CODECH.
This specific coffee comes from woman producers and has been rated
highly by our Q-Grading team.