We have switched over our Guatemala variety to San Marcos. Available for $15 per pound, the cup carries notes of fruit and floral flavors with grape, coffee cherry, apple, lemon and caramel flavors; sweet with tart acidity and a delicate mouthfeel.
We purchased this variety from the Asociación de Productores de Café Diferenciados y Especiales de Guatemala (ASPROCDEGUA), a producing organization with 664 contributing members, 394 of whom have organic certification. The producing members own small farms, an average of 2 hectares each, on which they plant coffee as well as other crops for diversification, including bananas, citrus fruit like oranges and lemons, avocado, guava, and cassava.
The organization offers its members access to technical assistance and routinely provides services such as soil analysis, test farms, and social projects based on food security, education, and nutrition.
The smallholders of ASPROCDEGUA are from several different municipalities within
the area, including San Marcos, Cuilco, Colotenango, Santa Bárbara, San Sebastián Huehuetenango, Sipacapa, San Antonio Huisa, Cantinil Union, San Pedro Necta, Todos Santos, and Concepción Huista.