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Guatemala San José Poaquil HRNS


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San José Poaquil is a municipality in the department of Chimaltenango that, like many other indigenous towns in Guatemala’s Western Highlands, suffered during the violence of the early 1980s. Historically, Chimaltenango has been known for its berry production; it’s only very recently that coffee production has become identifiable with, and traceable to, the department. In large part, this was because producers delivered their cherry to mills in Antigua, which would market and sell the coffees as “Antiguan”— a label that fetched them higher prices. In January 2015, HRNS (a nonprofit foundation) began a project to improve living conditions for 1,000 smallholder coffee families in Chimaltenango. The HRNS approach is to promote entrepreneurship and create a framework for change in which farmers and producers can better assess their situations, understand their risks and opportunities and develop a vision for improvement. By January 2018, 1,031 families were participating in the program, impacting 5,155 direct beneficiaries; 1,124 hectares were under sustainable management; and 58 percent of women had begun participating in farmer groups and organizations. Further, since the project’s start, the area has seen a 56 percent increase in coffee yields, compared to regional averages; and participating farmers have seen a cumulative value addition of 28 percent — or $990 USD in additional income per farmer over the last three years. Cupping notes: Bright acidity, smooth body, notes of orange zest, chocolate, strawberries, cream and almonds.

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryGuatemala
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessWashed
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)1,500–2,100 masl
  • Brightness:6
  • Spicy:-
  • Chocolaty:-
  • Nutty:-
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  • RegionSan Jose Poaquil and San Martin Jilotepeque
  • VarietyBourbon, Caturra, Catuai

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