Independent Organic Women’s Co-operative

Guatemala, Huehuetenango - Washed

This organically certified coffee comes from small micro-lots, from a collective of female small holding farmers (over a 36-hectare area) in the Huehuetenango region.

This remote agricultural region has perfect coffee growing conditions for coffee with an altitude of 1500 – 2000 masl, rich limestone soil, annual rainfall of 1800 – 2000 mm, the relative humidity of 70 – 80% and temperatures of 20 – 24 degrees C. Coffee here enjoys growing under natural shade trees of banana, Gravillea (large silky evergreen Oaktree) and Ingas (a small tropical tree that enriches the soil with nitrogen).


Other crops grown by these female farmers include Banana, Avocado, Citrus fruits, Granadilla and vegetables. These women practice old traditional processing and farming methods. During the harvesting, each of the farms relies on a team of 5 to pick and collectively process each of their coffees.

Within 6 hours of picking the red ripe cherries, the cherries are first pulped then moved to large plastic tubes with fresh water where they are soaked (fermented) for up to 24 hours. These cherries are then washed three times in fresh water to naturally remove the mucilage. Cherries are then moved to drying beds for an average drying time of 3 – 4 days.

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About this coffee

This beautiful 87 (out of 100) scoring specialty coffee has lovely malty sweet brown spice aromatics of nutmeg. 

There are flavor notes of Tamarillo and Toffee Apple. As a brewed coffee the body is light to medium and as an espresso it has a medium body.  The finish is all ripe green Granny Smith apples.

Tasting Notes
Aroma of Malt & Nutmeg | Stewed Tamarillo (Tree Tomato) | Toffee Apple
Varieties: Bourbon, Caturra, Typica, Maragoype
Country: Guatemala
Process: Fully washed
Region: Huehuetenango
Altitude: 1500 – 2000 masl
Producers: Co-operative of independent female farmers over 36 hectares
Drying Method: Sun dried for 3 to 4 days
Harvested: December - April