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Guatemala - Cafe de Mujeres
Region - Canton Choqui, Quetzaltenango Guatemala
Coop - FECCEG Co-op
Altitude - 1100 - 1400 meters
Varietal - Catuai, Caturra, and Catimorra
Processing - Washed, Sun Dried
Taste notes - Grapefruit and orange citrus, dark chocolate, caramel sweetness. Extremely well structured.
Why should you drink it? - This coffee is harvested primarily by women, has great intensity... is well structured with a strong hand shake, with a firm grip that draws you back for more. Some would say it "grabs your grabbers."
FECCEG, or Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala, is a cooperative founded in 2006 to improve market conditions for its associates and consolidate export logistics in order to achieve more direct and transparent trade.
FECCEG groups five cooperatives (Flor de Café, Renacimiento, Nahualá, Maya Ixil, and Coopecafé) and eight associations (CODECH, UPC, ADICH, ASODESI, COMAL, Madre Tierra, Nueva Alianza, and Guayab). In addition to producing coffee, these organizations focus on diversified crop production for food security and additional income, as well as beekeeping.
The enthusiastic young technical team of FECCEG provides dynamic trainings in the areas of production, quality control, and organizational development.
The main offices of FECCEG are in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, but the cooperative aggregates coffee from throughout the Guatemalan highlands. The Santo Domingo women's lot Sustainable Harvest sources through FECCEG comes from the Santo Domingo community of the Coopecafe cooperative, located in the region of Huehuetenango.
The community is made up of 16 producers, 12 of whom are women that contribute to the Santo Domingo women's lot. In total this community produces coffee over 35 hectares. The community leader of this group has been recognized with the "Medalla de la Oficina Nacional de la Mujer", an award granted by the national office of women's empowerment for dedication to promoting women's socioeconomic status in Guatemala.
The Santo Domingo community has several ongoing social projects that are implemented in conjunction with Coopecafe and FECCEG, including organic fertilizer production, beekeeping, goat keeping, and classes in agronomic best practices.
Price - $15.00 NET WT 12 ounces (283 grams)