Mayorga in Guatemala
Guatemala is Central America’s largest country and it has one of the largest indigenous populations in all of Latin America. Known as the country of the “eternal spring” and also as the “soul of the earth”, the 23 Maya groups that spread throughout the country contribute to the rich, colorful culture of this amazing land. Guatemala originally comes from the Nahuatl language Quauhtemalan which means “place of many trees”. When the Spanish tried to pronounce the local name it derived into the present name, Guatemala. Locals refer to their country dearly as “Guate.”
LA HERMOSA COOPERATIVE
Acatenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Region: Acatenango, Chimaltenango
Producer: Cooperativa Integral Agrícola La Hermosa S.R.L.
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, Catuaí, Borbón, Typica, Pacamara, Maragogype, Geisha
Harvest Season: November-March
Type of shade: Gravileas
Average Temperature: 65℉
Certified Organic since year: 2016
Cup profile: Lightweight body, floral aroma of jasmine and a delicate balanced acidity with distinctive white wine highlights and notes of berries, mango and tangerines that give it an unmatched taste and profile character.
Time it takes to get to coop from main international airport: 1.5 hours
Cooperativa Integral Agrícola "La Hermosa", is located in the Los Planes village in Acatenango, 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 29 associates, 10 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 the cooperative movement. They formed 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.