Mayorga in Guatemala
LA HERMOSA COOPERATIVE
Acatenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Guatemala is home to some of the most spectacular Mayan ruins of Central America. The towering ruins and more than 30 volcanoes provide a breathtaking background to the countless coffee farms. The Mayan influence is still very prevalent in Guatemalan culture from their languages, rites, and rituals.
Producer: Cooperativa Integral Agrícola La Hermosa S.R.L.
Region: Acatenango, Chimaltenango
Leader of Co-Op: Max Fernando Pérez Ríos
Number of members: 29 as of 2017
Date coop was established: May 2015
Elevation: 5,000-6,500 feet above sea level
Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, Pache, Typica, Mundo Novo, Pacamara, Maragogype, Geisha
Harvest Season: November-March
Type of shade: Gravileas
Certified Organic since year: 2016
Cup profile: Lightweight body with honey tones and citrus flavors that give it an unmatched taste profile and a cup with character. It displays a nuanced but intense floral aroma of jasmine, menthol and a distinctive but delicate balanced acidity with white wine highlights and notes of berries, mango, papaya and tangerines. The long high note provides distinctive notes of bergamot and lime.
Time it takes to get to coop from main international airport: 1.5 hours
History of coop:
Cooperativa Integral Agrícola “La Hermosa”, is located in the Los Planes village, Jurisdiction of the Municipality of Acatenango in the Department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
A group of producers decided to form a cooperative organization, to implement projects of integral development, for the social and economic benefit of the members of this group. They also wanted to address the need and demand to increase their production and commercialize their agricultural products (mainly coffee), in the best economic conditions.
The cooperative is made up of twenty-nine (29) associates, 12 women and 19 men, who, in order to strengthen their group, decided to become a cooperative organization with its own legal personality, based on the principles, foundations and philosophy of cooperativism.
The purpose is to form an integral agricultural cooperative, with the purpose of improving and increasing the production of the associates. Also, the cooperative seeks to commercialize the coffee in the best economic conditions and to be able to provide technical assistance services. The coop aims to manage resources from national and international funding without losing their own autonomy. La Hermosa would like for their associates to become involved with the managers in order to fulfill the general objective and the specific objectives and to ensure that the financial resources available to the cooperative are properly managed.
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