Guatemala Huehuetenango FTO - CODECH

Dark chocolate, cherry, blackberry, nice acidity, medium body
$5.25 / lb $798.62 / bag
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Jul 2021
SKU P607863-1
  • 6 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

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 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.  

Country of Origin Guatemala
Harvest Season 2020/21
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Region Huehuetenango
Farm Name CODECH
Growing Altitude 1500-1900m
Certifications Fair Trade Organic, Organic

History of Guatemalan Coffee 

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. 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Huehuetenango
  • Farm Name CODECH
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Fair Trade Organic, Organic
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB HH FANCY
  • Growing Altitude 1500-1900m
  • Ctrm Region Huehuetenango
  • Country of Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P607863-1