Chocolate, pecan and plum
This 'women producers' coffee comes from the Asociación de Productores de Café Diferenciados y Especiales de Guatemala (ASPROCDEGUA), which is an organization with 664 contributing members, 394 of whom have organic certification. The producing members own small farms, an average of 2 hectares each, on which they plant coffee as well as other crops for diversification, including bananas, citrus fruit like oranges and lemons, avocado, guava, and cassava. The organization offers its members access to technical assistance and routinely provides services such as soil analysis, test farms, and social projects based on food security, education, and nutrition. The smallholders of ASPROCDEGUA are from several different municipalities within the area, including San Marcos, Cuilco, Colotenango, Santa Bárbara, San Sebastián Huehuetenango, Sipacapa, San Antonio Huisa, Cantinil Union, San Pedro Necta, Todos Santos, and Concepción Huista
This is a FTO (fair trade organically) certified coffee but I cannot label it as such. If you're particularly interested then the id details are: FLO ID 37849 (CBC GT-BIO-169).
Coffee in Guatemala
Guatemala’s national coffee association Anacafé has classified 8 distinct growing regions in Guatemala and their 'Little Green Book' describes the various regions by geography, climate, soil type and varietals grown to ultimately differentiate the cup characteristics.
This is a small nation, sitting snug between Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize, but it has a wide diversity of coffees. There are 8 distinct coffee-growing regions, but a little closer look will show over 300 microclimates. Rainfall varies from 800–5,000 mm/year, but everywhere in the country has a well-defined rainy season.
Anacafé has successfully collected data from 95% of coffee cooperatives to paint a picture of the country’s coffee industry. There are over 125,000 Guatemalan coffee producers spread over 20 departments, with a total of 305,000 hectares of coffee farms.
Altitude ranges between 1,300 and 2,000 m.a.s.l., with 86% of the coffee crop designated Strictly Hard Bean (SHB). SHB coffee, which is associated with higher altitudes and cooler climates, is denser and therefore better quality.
One of the characteristics of the landscape that makes Guatemalan coffees both unique and diverse is the chain of 34 volcanoes which winds its way across the country, parallel to the Pacific. Along this chain sits Guatemala’s “Coffee Belt”, where farms benefit from the greater nutrients found in volcanic soil.
Anacafé aim to preserve the varieties which have positioned Guatemala as a producer of high-quality coffee, which include the traditional Guatemalan varieties: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Pache and Typica. More recently introduced varieties include Geisha, Pacamara, Maragogype, and Maracaturra