Guatemala HueHuetenago - Codech - SHB EP Organic


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This Fair Trade Organic certified coffee comes from Codech(Coordinator of Oraganizations for the Development of Concepcion Huista), located in the department of Huehuetenago in Guatemala.  in 1998, the Alliance for Youth and Community Development(ADEJUC in Spanish) arrived at Concepcion Huista, Huehuetenago, and began lobbying with the different organizations working in the municipality with the purpose of forming an entity that would represent the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural interests of the municipality.  That is how on August 19, 1999, Codech began.  Codech currently consists of eight grassroots organizations, six of these have legal status and two recognized at the municipal level (Municipal Organization and Magisterial Council of Women).  In total, they account for 1300 active members: 400 women and 900 men.  In 2001, the board of Codech began to strengthen, participating in training processes at the local, provincial and national levels, and start to submit proposals for funding to achieve the objectives.  In 2003, Alliance for Community youth Development, financially supports Codech to implement the comprehensive development program focused on children.  During 2004 Codech received funding from Intermon Oxfam, to manage and execute the project "Coffee and sustainable development for the municipality of Concepcio Huista.  With this project there was support for small producers to produce and market organic coffee, thus preventing pollution of the environment, taking rational advantage of the existing resources and making it easier to enter markets that recognize more favourable and stable prices for the grower.  Today, among the eight organizations, 550 hectares of coffee are being cultivated, at an altitude that ranges between 1000 and 2032 MASL.  300 hectares of coffee have been certified Fair Trade and 250 hectares are certified as organic.  in addition to the income received by each member, many families have benefited with technical assistance, training processes, and have support with inputs and improvement in the quality and price of the coffee.  Also in addition to the income obtained by Fair Trade (for each 100 pounds sold, a social premium of $10 USD is received), which is invested in education, health, functioning of the grassroots organizations and functioning of Codech.

Origin: Guatemala

Region: Huehuetenago

Producer: Codech

Processing: Washed

Coffee Grade: SHB EP

Certifications: Organic

Cupping Notes:  This coffee displays a a good sweetness with raspberry and red fruits with a long finish.

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