Guatemala Ixil Avelina – Fair Trade Organic
In the mountains of the tropical Ixcan region, in the department of El Quiché, Guatemala, the Ixil de Avelina cooperative is helping farmers to improve their livelihoods and communities.
Ixil de Avelina evolved in response to sinking coffee prices and a necessity to increase profitability for farmers in the communities of San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj.
In 1998, the group began to organize and succeeded in gaining organic certification, and in 2004 it earned Fair Trade certification as well. These certifications signify not only an improvement in co-op members’ quality of life but also improvements to their environment through sustainable practices.
Ixil de Avelina has 185 members and is currently using its Fair Trade premiums to build a school for the community, as well as many other community benefiting projects.
Cupping notes: Sweet and nutty with notes of dark chocolate, stone fruit and nougat.
Region: El Quiche
Growing Altitude: 6,000 feet
Arabica Variety: Typica, Bourbon
Harvest Period: December–March
Milling Process: Washed, patio dried