Guatemala – Chajul

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A coffee farmer walks with his mule in Guatemala.

Organization

Founded in 1988, comprised of 1518 members

Geographic Region

Ixil triangle and Chucatumanes

Altitude

1100 - 1800 meters above sea level

Varietals

Arabica - Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon

Certifications

Orgainc; FLO

Coffee Profile

Sweet acidity, full body w/cocoa, prun and red fruit flavors

Current Lot

GUL2303 (click icon to view)

Relationship Started

2003

Amount Purcased

4867.84 lbs from this lot

Established in 1988 by 40 coffee farmers, ASOCHAJUL has expanded to include over 1,500 coffee producers. Throughout its history, the cooperative has been dedicated to upholding a worldview rooted in its members' Mayan heritage, which emphasizes a deep respect for nature, environmentally responsible organic farming practices, and a commitment to peace through "working the land without violence."

Cooperative Coffees was one of the first U.S. partners to import ASOCHAJUL's fair trade organic coffee. ASOCHAJUL invests at least 10% of its profits in community projects. These investments have supported the development of additional product markets for its members, such as cardamom, cheese, honey, and handicrafts, thereby diversifying income opportunities. The cooperative also established an eco-lodge called "La Posada," managed by members and local youth, which promotes agritourism in the region.

ASOCHAJUL's coffee growers are located within the Ixil triangle and Chucutumanes in the northern part of Guatemala's Quiché department. They cultivate coffee at altitudes between 1,100 and 1,800 meters above sea level, producing Caturra, Catuai, and Bourbon varieties of Arabica coffee using certified Fair Trade and organic methods. The harvest season generally runs from January to June, depending on the elevation and variety. After picking, the coffee cherries are wet processed and sun-dried on cement patios.

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