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FECCEG
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala


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Las Cuevas

Quiché, the community in Las Cuevas where this coffee was produced, is full of valleys, mountains, and rivers that together create a consistently cool microclimate perfect for growing coffees with expressive flavor profiles.

The predominant note in this coffee is lush stonefruit, particularly plum and yellow peach. This sweet, delicate coffee would make for an excellent single-origin feature!

 

 

Location: Las Cuevas, Quiché, Guatemala

Variety: Bourbon and Catuai

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,400 mas

Harvest Months: November - February

Shipping Months: January - September

Carolina La Reforma

Carolina La Reforma is a small cooperative located in San Marcos. Like FECCEG, La Reforma is very active at promoting programs and projects that help its members to diversify their incomes through production of goods like honey and panela.

The coffee will take you by surprise with its big floral notes of lemongrass and orange blossom. A gentle roast on this coffee will further accentuate and intensify its citrus and tea-like qualities.

 

 

Location: San Marcos, Guatemala

Variety: Catuai, Caturra, Pache

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,500 masl

Certification: Organic

Number of members: 1,962

Harvest Months: November - January

Shipping Months: January - September

Caserjo Chanjon

Caserio Chanjon is a small village located in the municipality of Todos Santos Cuchumatan, in the department of Huehuehuetenango. Cuchumatán in the Mam language means "congregation" or "meeting by force" in reference to the dense grouping of mountains surrounding the region. The climate here is cold most of the year, with just two seasons: rainy and dry.

This coffee is full-bodied and sweet; maple syrup and caramel form the backbone of this coffee's profile. Grape and black cherry provide balance to its rich profile. A great everyday sipper!

 

 

Location: Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Typica

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,700 masl

Certification: Organic

Harvest Months: January - March

Shipping Months: January - September

El Vergel

El Vergel is an organic farm owned and operated by FECCEG. The name "Vergel" means "a place with great abundance" and references the many wildflowers, plants and trees that surround the farm. El Vergel is located next to a river and a nearby orchard. Currently, FECCEG uses El Vergel to train producers in organic production and the sustainable coffee growing practices.

As a natural coffee, El Vergel hits all the ripe fruit notes that we love: cherry, plum, strawberry, black currant blueberry. This is a coffee that will jump off the cupping table with its intensity and vibrance!

 

 

Location: San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta, San Marcos, Guatemala

Variety: Caturra, Anacafe 14

Process: Natural

Elevation: 1,700 masl

Certification: Fair Trade and Organic

Harvest Months: November - February

Shipping Months: January - September

Mujeres Santo Domingo

The movement to create the Santo Domingo cooperative began under the leadership of Orfa Constanza, who together with local women saw an opportunity to improve their lives and socioeconomic status through organic coffee production. Forming the cooperative wasn’t easy— the idea was off-putting to their husbands at first, who were accustomed to a culture of patriarchy in rural Guatemala. Over time, however, the women each gained title to their own parcels of land, either through their husbands or through inheritance.

The journey to achieve specialty coffee production was challenging for the small community of La Libertad, but they have proven themselves to be profoundly ambitious and determined, and now produce exceptional lots for the International market.

Through training from FECCEG, the women of Santo Domingo manage their own biofabricas (organic fertilizer and fungicide plants) that are essential to improving soil and plant health and combatting diseases such as Roya. The biofabricas have been so successful that they have actually provided an additional revenue stream for the community, as their fertilizer is far more cost- effective than commercial alternatives.

 

 

Location: Santo Domingo, La Libertad, Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Variety: Catuai, Caturra, Catimor, Bourbon

Process: Natural

Elevation: 1,100 - 1,400 masl

Certification: Fair Trade and Organic

Harvest Months: November - May

Shipping Months: December - July

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

The Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala (FECCEG) is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to provide support for small coffee producers struggling to overcome market challenges, including access and price risk management. FECCEG is a larger, second-tier cooperative association representing several small producer cooperatives.

Currently FECCEG has 1,500 members (1,150 men and 350 women) from 15 producer organizations, associations, and cooperatives. All of them are smallholder farmers dedicated to the organic production of specialty coffees, honey, panela, and cocoa. 


FECCEG’s members are located in the departments of Chimaltenango, Huehuetenango, Quiché, Sololá, San Marcos, and Quetzaltenango. These mountainous, volcanic areas are renowned for the diversity of microclimates that contributes to the development of unique flavor profiles that make their high-quality coffees so special.  


FECCEG is adamant at supporting women farmers to help them achieve full participation and independence. A great example of this is the women's producer group, Santo Domingo. The movement to establish the group began under the leadership of Orfa Constanza, who together with local women saw an opportunity to improve farmer livelihood through organic coffee production. Forming the cooperative wasn’t easy— the idea was initially off-putting to the women’s husbands who were not accustomed to their wives taking charge. Over time, however, the women were each able to attain legal ownership over their own sections of land.


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Another area of key focus for FECCEG includes working with producers to create value-added products such as honey, cocoa, and panela. These products are sold in stores in Quetzaltenango as well FECCEG's own roasted coffee brand Several FECCEG members also operate a local bakery to generate even more revenue to support coffee farming.