Guatemala - Q'Anil
Guatemala - Q'Anil
This exceptional coffee was our Subscriber Exclusive coffee for the month of January but we loved it so much we decided to bring it into the rotation!
The lot was sourced from the Guaya’b Cooperative, a collective of about 643 members in western Guatemala. This specific lot, known as “Q'anil,“ was imported by our partners at Sustainable Harvest in Portland, Oregon.
The Guaya’b Cooperative is headquartered in the municipality of Jacaltenango in Guatemala’s Huehuetenango Department. It primarily generates income through specialty-coffee and honey production, but also sells hibiscus flowers, peanuts, corn, black beans, and other crops on the local market.
Guaya’b is a word from the indigenous Popti’ language that means “mutual support,” and was formally established in September 1999. Today the cooperative is comprised of 643 families—97% of these families belong to Mayan ethnic groups like the Popti', Mam, and Akatekos. They live throughout ten municipalities located within the Huehuetenango Department: San Antonio Huista, Concepción Huista, Union Cantinil, Todos Santos Cuchumatan, San Pedro Necta, Santiago Chimaltenango, La Democracia, Jacaltenango, Petatan, and San Miguel Acatan. Guaya’b adds its members through referrals and works with different cells of members, each with their own board and their own management of coffee and loans. Guaya’b coffee farms are located at a range of altitudes between 1000 to 1700 meters above sea level, and primarily produce Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, and Typica varieties. 100% of the cooperative’s coffee is shade grown, which helps to create a habitat for native and migratory fauna.
All of the coffee and honey produced by Guaya’b is Fair Trade certified and Strictly Hard Bean. 12,500 bags (Guaya’b bags are 100 pounds each) of their annual coffee production is certified organic and Bird Friendly, and 3,000 bags are conventional. Guaya’b coffee ranges from 80 up to 89 points on the SCA scoring system.
Coffees from Guatemala are some of our favorites for their dense flavor profiles and sweet/savory complexity, and this lot definitely hits the mark. Brew it any way you like, this coffee is super forgiving and super delicious.
REGION: Jacaltenango, Huehuetenango
PRODUCER: Quaya’b Cooperative
VARIETY: Caturra & Catuai, Bourbon, Typica
ELEVATION: 1000-1700 M
TASTING NOTES: Lemon, lime, vanilla