Huehuetenango is a municipality in the western highlands of Guatemala, running up to the border with Mexico and encompassing a lot of microclimates across its hills and valleys. Pena Roja, or red rock, lies in the foothills of Pena Blanca which peaks at 3520 masl.
Cooperativa Agricola Integral Peña Roja are a smaller co-op that work with a larger union of cooperatives, Fedecocagua, to help market and sell their coffee abroad. In return, they get extra investment and support as well as access to services such as agronomists that work directly with the union. In this manor they can maintain the traceability and character of their coffee and share the expertise that larger groups have access to as well as increase their network for best practises and issues fighting diseases. The co-op also provide a free nursery for children under eight in their community.
Coffee on the 81 smallholders’ farms is picked by hand, washed and dried on patios under the sun, often those patios are actually the rooves of houses perching on the slopes and hillsides.
Further processing at the dry mill that is located in La Libertad takes place to prepare bags for shipping and export. The area contains of a selection of varieties that allow for a more secure crop diversity. San Ramon is a natural Brazil mutation of Typica, with Bourbon related varietals Catuai again originating in Brazil as a cross between Mundo Novo and Caturra, and Caturra itself being a natural mutation.
Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, San Ramon, Typica
1400 - 1700 metres above sea level
Dark Chocolate / Maplelike syrup / Rich