Guatemala Red de Mujeres
Raspberry, Toasted Almond & Chocolate
250g — £8.00
- SCA Score 85.75
- Producer Various Smallholders
- Altitude 1700 - 1960
- Process Washed
- Varietal Caturra, Bourbon & Typica
- Location San Antonio Huista, Huehuetenango
This is the second year I've bought coffee from this cooperative and this year is just as good as the last, albeit displaying a different flavour profile to last. What's great about this coffee is the juxtaposition the raspberry-like acidity has with the toasted almond character. It really balances the cup and of course, is underpinned by that classic Guatemalan chocolate finish. Enjoy.
The Red de Mujeres, or 'network of women', is a large group of female coffee producers covering five different areas of Huehuetenango. The group is made up of 830 women. Within the entire community of women there are 8 different Mayan languages spoken, highlighting the diversity of culture and language in this area of Guatemala.
All of these women have been either widowed during the 36 years of civil war in Guatemala, or were left when their husbands fled the country during the coffee crisis between 2001 and 2004. Since Huehuetenango was one of the areas hardest hit by the crisis, many people decided to give up altogether and find work elsewhere, leaving their families behind.
With the help of ACODIHUE, these female producers have been united to market their coffee and find international buyers. ACODIHUE has also supported them in training in organic farming methods, from producing and applying fertilizers, to rust and pest control methods. Our importers, Falcon Coffees, has started working with ACODIHUE to improve the quality of production even further, starting with Red de Mujeres.