Average Farm Size: 0.5ha/farm
Huehuetenango has been for years one of Guatemala’s prime coffee regions and it continues to be one. The amount of high-altitude land in this region is very vast and the varieties cultivated are Bourbons or derivatives; both of these are essential to produce quality coffee. The profile of this cup is very fruity with higher and brighter citric-acidity. It is also very common to taste some chocolate notes in the background.
This year we are also bringing in microlots from CODECH. These are from higher altitude farms harvested later in the year and from specific associations under the CODECH umbrella.
CODECH (Coordinator of organizations for the development of Concepcion Huista) is located in the municipality of Concepcion Huista in the department of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. It is comprised of 10 different organizations.
CODECH comes to be in August of 1998, through the representatives of the different organizing bodies in search of alternative development programs for Concepcion Huista. Out of all the organizations 4 of these focus mainly on coffee (organic and conventional).
One of CODECH’s main objectives is the participation of women in society and the workforce.
*Organic farming workshops
*General agriculture workshops
*National and international commercialization workshops
*Teacher development workshops
*Women specific workshops
*Women rights and gender equity
*Classes by mail and radio station
Gregorio, the general manager of CODECH, is pushing for farmers to renovate their farms. He thinks they are underproducing at the moment and believes they could be producing about 3 times their current volume on average.
His reasoning behind the organic certification is not only to be environmentally friendly but to be independent from transnationals which produce fertilizers. They are also want independence from the price of oil (used in fertilizers). Gregorio also believes that there is a growing market for organic products and wants to meet that demand.