New from one of our favorite regions in Guatemala, Huehuetenango FTO Café de Mujeres is lemony with a medium body and above-average sweetness. Milk chocolate, caramel, and pear are among the notes. This coffee is best roasted light to medium.
The ASOBAGRI Cooperative (The Asociacion Barillense de Agricultores) was founded in 1989 by members from 30 small villages in the Huehuetenango region, surrounded by the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, Central America's tallest, non-volcanic mountain range, and forest reserves that circle the beautiful Laguna Maxbal.
While many are familiar with Huehuetenango and the reputation of the coffee region, few have ventured to this isolated corner of Guatemala. The spectacularly rugged terrain has served to preserve the indigenous heritage, distinct clothing, and dialects that can vary from one mountain ridge to the next. In this cultural oasis, ASOBAGRI has become an important bridge to the international coffee community. This cooperative is simply one of the most sophisticated and well organized in the world with more than 1,400 members, spread across 80 communities, who cultivate and harvest their own coffee on small farms with their own micro-mills.
Promoting gender equality throughout the organization has been a shining success at ASOBAGRI. This particular lot called Las Dueñas Cafe is the culmination of an integrated program for 182 female members of ASOBAGRI. The program includes 5 women technicians providing training and technical support that is appropriately tailored to the needs of the members. Strategies like using coffee pulp to make organic fertilizers reduces the transportation costs associated with purchasing fertilizer from afar, and at the same time, creates an abundant source of plant nutrition that ensures better yields and quality. Income diversification investments in chicken farms, avocado trees and local cafeteria have also strengthened the options for women members.
Location: Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Altitude: 4,593 - 5,249 ft (1,400 - 1,600 m)
Variety: Bourbon, Catuai, Catimor, and Caturra
Process: Fully washed