Guatemala Quiché - FTO, Shade Grown
GUATEMALA QUICHE, SINGLE ORIGIN FTO, SHADE GROWN
Fair-Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA
Flavor Profile: Sweet, Juicy, Balanced, Dark Chocolate, Floral & Citrus Tones
Roast Level: Medium
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon
Farm: Asociación Chajulense Va'l Vaq Quyol
From Fair Trade USA:
Asociación Chajulense Va’l Vaq Quyol (ASOCHAJUL) is a
prominent organization in the small city of Chajul, nestled in the
remote mountains of Guatemala. While the city has over 25,000
inhabitants, most people are unemployed and live in poverty. In 1988,
Mayan farmers and surviving members of the former cooperative La Unión
Ixil established an informal association to address the exploitation of
farmers by intermediaries and to provide members with affordable access
to necessities. Members worked together to create a pharmacy, purchase a
corn mill and open a small grocery store.
ASOCHAJUL was formally founded in 1990 by 1,800 farmers in San Gaspar
Chajul, El Quiche, Guatemala. In the years that followed, ASOCHAJUL
transitioned to 100 percent organic and in 1994 became Fair Trade
certified organic. The emphasis on respect for the natural world comes
from a deep cultural belief of the Mayan people to “work the land
without violence.” Members believe that while everyone has a right to
improve his or her quality of life, nature has to be respected. The
association continues to place great importance on conservation of the
environment for present and future generations.
Social Projects Foundation
ASOCHAJUL started a foundation to specifically manage the social
needs of their organization. Since 2008, the foundation has given about
one hundred scholarships to young people to attend elementary school,
high school and college. It has also focused on health to combat
malnutrition. Member families are learning how to prepare more
nutritious meals for infants and children.
Focus on Fiscal Responsibility
In 2006, ASOCHAJUL's general assembly voted to designate a portion of
their premium money each year to repay their debt. In 2011, they fully
repaid the amount they owed and were also able to pay their producers an
additional amount on top of the Fair Trade minimum price for every one
hundred pounds of coffee that each producer sold.
Available in 8 oz. or 12 oz. bags of whole bean coffee.