GUATEMALA HUEHUETENANGO Todos Santos Cooperative, sustainably grown and traded
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About the coffee:
Cupping notes: Lemon, grape, berry, tangerine; dark chocolate, floral; delicate and complex
Cultivation: Grown in the mountains of the Huehuetenango region in western Guatemala
Altitude: 5,000-6,000 feet
Tree type: Borbon, Caturra, Sarchimor, Catimor, Anacafe 14, Pacamara
Preparation: Washed, sun-dried on patios and rooftops
About the people who grow it: Todos Santos is a town located at 2,400 meters, and from Todos Santos another stretch of dirt roads need to be crossed before arriving in the village of Tuiboch, where this coffee is grown. Coffee starts at 6,000 feet and goes down to 4,600 feet where it thrives in the warmer winds of the valleys formed by the Rios Ocho, a river formed by 8 different rivers that divides a series of communities.
TG labs works with Cooperativa Todos Santos, also known as Asociación de Desarrollo Integral El Esfuerzo Tuiboch Todos Santos (ASODIETT), to improve the quality of coffee yield by its existing 55 producers. TG Labs is a fully Guatemala-owned company that works with a variety of cooperatives in this way.
Cooperativa Todos Santos started in 1995 with a total of 10 people and grew to the current number of 55 producers made up of the Mayan Mam ethnic group. Farms range from 5 to 10 hectares and together produce an average of 800 - 1,000 bags per harvest. These coffees are Organic and Fair Trade Certified.
One of the biggest projects TG Lab is working with this Cooperative on is elevating the yield per hectare with new rust resistant varietals. Additionally, they created a layout and spacing between the plants allowing more control with a better dosage of nutrition. The new "ecologic box" is a 1x1x1 meter hole made next to each plant to collect folliage, retain water and moisture, and to prevent erosion in the Mountain. Ultimately what this does is provide a companion for the plant that stores organic material and moisture for the extended periods of heat and drought that plants suffer from in this region.
Another project for the Cooperative is a health clinic they have built at the warehouse in Tuiboch which is providing not only members, but people in the area with the opportunity to access visits from Doctors that come up to the village every couple of months.
Originally only Borbon and Caturra were planted, however new varietals include Sarchimor, Catimor, Anacafe 14 and various plots of Pacamara. Coffee is processed in the house of each producer, and sun dried either in small patios or on roof tops.
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