We would describe this coffee from Guatemala as very much ‘middle of the road’, with not too much fruity tones in the cup. Expect flavours of cherry, apricot and orange.
The Coffee Producers Association of Chichupac (APCC) was established in 1982, just after the conclusion of Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war. The group remains small: currently, it is composed of just 28 members who come from around 13 different local families, plus around 50 ‘independent’ neighbours who deliver their coffee to APCC’s wet mill. All families, apart from two, belong to the Maya Achí community, and Spanish is their second language.
The cooperative started in 1982 with very humble roots. In 1991, the group decided to accept an offer of a grant and loan from an NGO called the Centro de Integración Familiar (CIF), a Catholic organisation dedicated to helping poor rural families. They built a small, community wet mill which is used to process members’ coffee and - for a small fee - that of other, independent growers in the surrounding villages. Over the years have paid off the loan with profits from these activities.
In 2003, female members of the group decided to diversify further. They set up their own, parallel company and began roasting, grinding and packing the group’s coffee. They market the coffee in local markets and shops in Guatemala City under the name Café de Chichupac, their registered trademark.
Owner: Asociación de Productores de Café de Chichupac
Varietal(s): Bourbon, Catuai, Pache & Sarchimor
Processing: Fully washed & sun dried on patios
Altitude: 1,800 - 2,000m