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Coffee of the Month: Guatemala Concepción Huista

Coffee of the Month: Guatemala Concepción Huista

October 2018

Woodlands Market proudly serves freshly brewed coffees from our local roasting partner, Equator Coffees. Join us as we highlight a different single-origin bean every month, each with a unique flavor profile.

October’s Feature:
Guatemala Concepción Huista
Fair Trade Organic

Tasting Profile:
Flavors of green table grapes, dried plum, honey, and roasted cashew

High atop a ridge in northern Guatemala’s Sierra de los Cuchumatanes mountain range, on the steep, rugged roads of Concepción Huista lies Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Desarrollo de Concepción Huista (better known as “CODECH”), a cooperative Equator Coffees has been working with for several years. This coffee was grown and processed by co-op member Marcos Gaspar and was among the highest scoring lots in CODECH’s annual coffee quality competition.

CODECH was established in 1998 when the Alliance for Youth Community Development teamed up with local organizations to create an entity that would represent the interests of the municipality. Since 2004, the group has supported local small-holder farmers produce and market their coffee.

Over the past decade, yields on the coffee farms surrounding Concepción Huista have dramatically decreased because of climate change, but training and systematic renovations initiated by CODECH four years ago are beginning to pay off. These programs are the driving force behind the group’s recent growth as non-members witness the impact on production and quality. Comprised of over 500 producers, a third of whom are women, CODECH continues to attract new members each year.