Caturra, Catuai, Pache Verde, Bourbon
Dry Fermentation, Washed, Patio Dried
Janurary 2018 - April 2018
Concepción Huista, Huehuetenango
About CODECH Cooperative
Perched high above the dusty streets of Concepción Huista in Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, the highest mountain range in Central America, the Mayan farmers of the CODECH Cooperative grow some of the area's best coffee. One of the highlights of our year is getting the chance to visit our partners at CODECH. Escaping the end of Wisconsin winter to work with the cooperative’s quality control team to sort through some of the coop's best coffees as they’re harvested.
CODECH is comprised of four primary coffee producing associations that represent 4-5 farming communities each. Over the years, we’ve honed in on coffees from three of their higher altitude associations: ADIPY, ADAT, and ADINTHEC. These associations collect coffee from the Canalaj and O'ejnhah communities, which are made up of indigenous Popti, Mam and Q’anjob’al branches of the Mayan family. They honor the tradition of coffee farming in this region by planting mainly traditional varieties. These varieties and favorable altitude, combined with farmers' careful attention to detail in the growing, harvesting and processing of these coffees, result in some of the best coffee Huehuetenango has to offer.
By traveling to Concepción this March, we were able to taste through the very best coffees from these groups, to be purchased at an additional premium, alongside an (also exceptional) bulk lot that will be a component of some of our blends this summer. This project not only made it possible for farmers to receive a higher price for coffee, but has allowed us the opportunity to highlight exceptional microlots from specific communities within the organization, incentivizing and celebrating quality.
We look forward to rolling out these coffees in addition to our main lot from CODECH in the following weeks. This is our seventh year working with CODECH, and we’re excited to continue deepening our partnership with the cooperative for years to come.
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