The Guatemalan coffee industry developed around the 1850s. Small plantations in Amatitlán and Antigua were the first and grew quickly, but lack of widespread knowledge, technology, and labor caused slow growth. Over a decade, growth increased and between 1879 and 1893 exports reached almost 300 million pounds.
FTO Chajulense SHB
GUATEMALA FTO CHAJULENSE SHB EP is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Asociación Chajulense Va’l Vaq Quyol (Chajulense). Chajulense has nearly 1300 members and more than 30 years of experience cultivating organic coffee from the communities of Chajul, Nebaj y Cotzal, located in the department of El Quiché, Guatemala. This region, called the Ixil, is known for its rugged terrain and preservation of the indigenous heritage, distinct clothing, and dialects. Chajulense focuses on supporting indigenous communities recovering from the devastation caused by civil war by empowering economic development through coffee cultivation. Chajulense Members cultivate, harvest and process coffee with micro-mills on farms that average 1 acre in size. Chajulense also employees nearly 500 women by remaining committed to the tradition of hand sorting coffee as part of the export preparation.