The coffee story

In 2012, three agronomists organised themselves with the idea of improving and supporting the production of farmers in the Chajul area. Chajul is a small town in the department of El Quiché, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, right next to the Visis Cabá biosphere reserve. The agronomists created Aproveg (Asociation of Vegetable Growers of the Ixil Area - the Ixil are a Maya people indigenous to the country) and started with green vegetable farming, followed by tomato production, a product that was sold in the same municipality, and they worked like that for a few years. 

In 2016, some local coffee growers approached one of the founders of Aproveg and asked for support in the sale of coffee because intermediaries were buying coffee at a low price which did not contribute much to the work that was being done in the area. Back then, the only organisation that bought coffee was the Chajulense association and they were no longer receiving new members that year. The founders of Aproveg, with goodwill, began looking for organisations that could buy coffee and ended up contacting Fecceg in the neighbouring department of Quetzaltenango.

This was the beginning of the relationship between Fecceg and the Chajul farmers, based in several communities in the municipality, such as Chel, La Laguna Batzchocola, La Perla, Sotzil, Cajchixla and Xemac. Today, Quiché is one of Fecceg's strongest coffee "brands" and it the name of their roasted coffee sold in the internal market.

The process

Guatemalan smallholders have their own wet mills, so the cherries are sorted and pulped at the farm. The parchment is also dried on farmer's patios at low temperatures. The farmers take the parchment to FECCEG's warehouse for dry milling and storage.
GT-27-202011 Past harvest

Quiché - smallholders from Chajul

  • $4.8502 USD / kg FOB FairTrade + Organic
  • $4.8502 USD / kg FOB Organic
  • $4.8502 USD / kg FOB FairTrade
  • $4.8502 USD / kg FOB Conventional (no certification)
Origin
Guatemala
Variety
Anacafe 14, Pache, Catimor
Process type
Fully washed
Altitude range
1200m - 1350m
Harvest period
November, 2020 - April, 2021
Algrano's cupping score (SCA)
84.25 points
There are no shared shipments for this coffee
For large orders, you can request a shipment and we would be happy to organise a custom shipment for you
  • Green or roasted samples are available
  • Shared shipments unavailable
  • Custom shipments unavailable
  • Doorstep delivery unavailable
    We are unable to arrange delivery to your roastery
Produced & offered by FECCEG, Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala.
  • Guatemala
  • Cooperative
  • Organic, FairTrade, Rainforest Alliance, Bird Friendly
  • 11 sales on Algrano
  • 2 Average orders per roaster
  • 7 Roaster relationships
  • Seller relationships with Roasters in

"We like the support that FECCEG gives its smallholder members and that a huge proportion of these are women. We will definitely be ordering again next year."

Rory Ireland, Bristol Twenty Coffee Company
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En FECCEG somos 1350 socios y 350 socias de 6 departamentos en Guatemala. FECCEG da acompañamiento a procesos de organización comunitaria, fomenta procesos de equidad de género y promueve la agricultura orgánica y renovación de cafetales para que los asociados alcancen buen nivel de producción y calidad. Los socios están motivados a seguir manejando sus cafetales puesto que hemos pagado precios diferenciados comparados con los del mercado convencional. FECCEG dispone de un area de investigación agronómica para hacer pruebas de insumos orgánicos y validar técnicas con las que se alcancen mejores resultados en productividad y calidad. Disponemos de una planta de compost y entregamos a los asociados compost que mejoren la fertilidad de suelos y las cosechas de café. FECCEG fomenta la diversificación con cabras, frutas y hortalizas para que los asociados tengan alimentos orgánicos y otros productos a comercializar en mercado local. FECCEG tiene la marca KISHÉ para el mercado local.

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The coffee story

In 2012, three agronomists organised themselves with the idea of improving and supporting the production of farmers in the Chajul area. Chajul is a small town in the department of El Quiché, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, right next to the Visis Cabá biosphere reserve. The agronomists created Aproveg (Asociation of Vegetable Growers of the Ixil Area - the Ixil are a Maya people indigenous to the country) and started with green vegetable farming, followed by tomato production, a product that was sold in the same municipality, and they worked like that for a few years. 

In 2016, some local coffee growers approached one of the founders of Aproveg and asked for support in the sale of coffee because intermediaries were buying coffee at a low price which did not contribute much to the work that was being done in the area. Back then, the only organisation that bought coffee was the Chajulense association and they were no longer receiving new members that year. The founders of Aproveg, with goodwill, began looking for organisations that could buy coffee and ended up contacting Fecceg in the neighbouring department of Quetzaltenango.

This was the beginning of the relationship between Fecceg and the Chajul farmers, based in several communities in the municipality, such as Chel, La Laguna Batzchocola, La Perla, Sotzil, Cajchixla and Xemac. Today, Quiché is one of Fecceg's strongest coffee "brands" and it the name of their roasted coffee sold in the internal market.

The process

Guatemalan smallholders have their own wet mills, so the cherries are sorted and pulped at the farm. The parchment is also dried on farmer's patios at low temperatures. The farmers take the parchment to FECCEG's warehouse for dry milling and storage.
Algrano
Algrano
Cupped: March, 2021
FECCEG, Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala.
Seller (Pending)
Cupped: N/A
SCA Score
Algrano
84.25
Seller (Pending)
83.0
Key flavor notes
Algrano
Plum, Dark chocolate, Black currant, Herbal
Seller (Pending)
-
Quality comment
Algrano
Fruity and chocolatey, with medium citric acidity. Generally quite bright and juicy, full bodied, lingering cacao-like aftertaste and good balance.
Seller (Pending)
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FAQ


Shipping
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.

Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
  • EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.

Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.

Currencies
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2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:

1. Buy now, pay later
Pay your coffee after its delivered in Europe. This option generates an additional fee, displayed in the shopping cart.

3. Pay 10 days after placing the order
We will send you a 10 day invoice straight after you placed your order.