Guatemala Huehuetenango

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Founded by indigenous K’anjob’al Mayan coffee and cardamom farmers, the ASOBAGRI coop uses their Fair Trade premiums to create infrastructure improvements in the area as well to provide scholarships for farming families. The coffee is a lighter roast that highlights the bean’s caramel and citrus notes.

Net weight 16oz (One Full Pound!)


  • •Huehuetenango Region, Guatemala
  • •Altitude: 1650 m
  • •Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra
  • •Process: Fully Washed, Sun Dried On Patios
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Description

•Light Roast

•Caramel, citrus, and nutty

•Certified Organic

•Certified Fair Trade

•Net Weight 16oz (One Full Pound!)

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Tasting And Roaster Notes

“This is a really beautiful coffee. It’s bright with subtle citrus flavors and a butterscotch sweetness. Sweet and sour in all the right ways. Which is why we roast this coffee light. The green coffee is very dense, requiring a strong heat input to access and balance those sweet and sour flavors. Typically, the stronger or faster one roasts a coffee during the lead up to first crack, the brighter a coffee will taste. However, that does not mean to roast as fast as you can. We still have to be careful not to scorch or burn the sugars during caramelization.
The roasted coffee will have a dry appearance. Leaving all of the oils intact in the cell structure, waiting for you to grind and add water to unleash their full potential.”
-Thomas Lussier, Head Roaster

Meet The Farmers

Located in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala, 200 miles north of the capital city, ASOBAGRI was founded in 1989 by 20 K’Anjob’Al Mayan coffee and cardamom farmers, with the intention of improving the social and economic conditions of all farmers. A period of political violence and financial destitution followed, during which many small farmers abandoned their land.

Since then, however, ASOBAGRI has grown and now counts on more than 1200 members, all growing organic coffee, and over 200 more in transition to organic cultivation. The cooperative is incredibly diverse representing 67 different Mayan communities. Of the 1200 active members growing organic coffee, about 95 are women who produce and process their own. Cooperative members grow high-quality, shade-grown coffee using organic compost. Since Fair Trade Certification in 1999, ASOBAGRI has enjoyed significantly higher revenues. They are now certified Organic, Café Feminino and Bird Friendly.
The members of ASOBAGRI are from approximately 30 small villages in the Huehuetenango region, surrounded by the Cuchumantanes Mountains and the Maxbal Forest Reserve. This coffee is shade grown under guava, plantain and banana trees.

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