Located in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala, 200 miles north of the capital city, ASOBAGRI was founded in 1989 by 20 K’Anjob’Al Mayan coffee and cardamom farmers, with the intention of improving the social and economic conditions of all farmers. A period of political violence and financial destitution followed, during which many small farmers abandoned their land.
Since then, however, ASOBAGRI has grown and now counts on more than 1107 members, all growing organic coffee, and over 200 more in transition to organic cultivation. The cooperative is incredibly diverse representing 67 different Mayan communities. Of the 1107 active members growing organic coffee, about 95 are women who produce and process their own. Cooperative members grow high-quality, shade-grown coffee using organic compost. Since Fair Trade Certification in 1999, ASOBAGRI has enjoyed significantly higher revenues. They are now certified Organic and Café Feminino.
Over half of ASOBAGRI’s female members sell through the program “Café con Manos de Mujer,” which helps women landowners generate incomes independently of their husbands.
This coffee is shade grown under guava, plantain and banana trees. ASOBAGRI promotes sustainable agriculture by training its farmers in organic production methods and they continue to reinvest in their infrastructure while exploring new quality control measures through financing and operating their own warehouses and drying patios.
ASOBAGRI conducts soil examinations to analyze acidity and fertility levels to help determine the most effective and sustainable production method for individual farms.
Coffee Farm Information
Altitude: 5,400+ Feet (1,650 Meters)
Varietal: Caturra, Bourbon
Process: Fully washed
Drying: Sun-dried on patios
Harvest: December – May