Guatemala Huehuetenango Guaya'b Fair Trade Organic (by the kg)
Code: GBSO-GHWell balanced with pronounced flavours. Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Caramel, dried fruit and honey sweetness with undertones of light cocoa and cinnamon. Subtle citrus and floral notes extend through to the finish.
Varietal: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra
Processing: Washed and sun dried
Altitude: 1,400-1,650 metres above sea level
Certification: OKS Oko-garantie
Most of the 477 members of Guaya'b are Popti' Maya, and the group's name means "mutual benefit" in their language. Based in western Huehuetenango, this producer association supports its members with higher prices, technical assistance and critical loan funding.
Construction of its own wet processing mill on the outskirts of Jacaltenango has created an opportunity for many coffee-producing members of Guaya'b to process their coffee from cherry stage to dried coffee parchment much more cheaply (at about 25% of the previous cost), and more quickly, than they previously could. It is also expected that by using the wet mill farmers can produce a more consistent, higher quality coffee than they can in their own backyards.