Organic FT Guatemala Hue Santo Domingo Women's Lot SHB EP FW Arabica raw coffee beans
Bright acidity, smooth body, caramel, sweet, chocolate, tea, clean, hints of floral, cherry, spice, and citrus, complex, nice lasting finish. A bargain for an organic well processed very good quality Women friendly coffee. Many Guatemalan Coffees are often a good value.
Roast Aroma: Popcorn, wine, raisin, cherry
Dry Aroma: Chocolate, fruit, tangerine, cherry
Brewed Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, honey, floral, spice
Region: Huehuetenango, Canton Chaquí, Quetzaltenango
Growers: Small Holder Farmers coffee Processing Mill
Producer: Coffee Processing Mill certified Organic Fair Trade
Growing Altitude: 1,100 to 1,400 Meters above sea level
Process: Fully Washed and sun dried
Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Catimor
Soil: Clay minerals
Primary Harvest: December - April
Grade: Strictly Hard Bean (SHB), European Processed (EP)
Strictly Hard Bean, SHB: Coffee grown at very high Altitude produce a denser (Strictly Hard Bean) more vibrant flavor profile than those grown at lower Altitudes. Higher altitudes provide an Arabica Coffee friendly environment, the climate tends to be cooler with less direct sunshine and plenty of moisture. This causes the coffee fruit to mature slowly allowing more time to develop depth and sweetness, as well as many of the desirable characteristics we look for in fine Specialty coffees.
European Process: Hand Sorting to remove defects to the "EP Standard" continues until no more than 8 defects are found in a 300 gram sample. This obviously very labor intense hand sorting improves Cup Quality and Consistency
Following description of FECCEG Cooperative provided by FECCEG Cooperative.
The main offices of FECCEG are in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, but the cooperative aggregates coffee from throughout the Guatemalan highlands. The Santo Domingo women's lot comes from the Santo Domingo community of the Coopecafe cooperative, located in the region of Huehuetenango.
The community is made up of 16 producers, 12 of whom are women that contribute to the Santo Domingo women's lot. In total this community produces coffee over 35 hectares. The community leader of this group has been recognized with the "Medalla de la Oficina Nacional de la Mujer", an award granted by the national office of women's empowerment for dedication to promoting women's socioeconomic status in Guatemala.
The Santo Domingo community has several ongoing social projects that are implemented in conjunction with Coopecafe and FECCEG, including organic fertilizer production, beekeeping, goat keeping, and classes in agronomic best practices.
FECCEG offers a wide range of social and business services for its members. The co-op provides trainings on soil management, organic fertilizer production, bio-fertilizer production, renovation management, and agroforestry management. The members place a high importance on preserving the environment and their personal health, which is why they’re committed to organic certification and use only natural fertilizers.
Since 2009, the organization has also implemented a project to diversify farms away from coffee monoculture to increase farmer income and provide a source of food security. Members of FECCEG now produce honey, beans, citrus fruits, bananas, avocados, cocoa, and more, and also raise farm animals.
FECCEG recognizes the under representation of women in coffee production, and as a result has developed a board of nine women leaders from the cooperative who help guide the organization’s strategic direction, support initiatives to strengthen women's participation in coffee production, and manage micro-credit funds available to co-op members.
FECCEG, or Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala, is a cooperative founded in 2006 to improve market conditions for its associates and consolidate export logistics in order to achieve more direct and transparent trade.
FECCEG groups five cooperatives (Flor de Café, Renacimiento, Nahualá, Maya Ixil, and Coopecafé) and eight associations (CODECH, UPC, ADICH, ASODESI, COMAL, Madre Tierra, Nueva Alianza, and Guayab). In addition to producing coffee, these organizations focus on diversified crop production for food security and additional income, as well as beekeeping.
The enthusiastic young technical team of FECCEG provides dynamic trainings in the areas of production, quality control, and organizational development.