1300 – 1800 METERS
BOURBON AND CATTURA
La Suiza is situated in a remote mountainous region in northwest Guatemala and is comprised of ex-guerrilla fighters and internally displaced people. The land was purchased collectively through loans offered during the Peace Accords in the 90s. The loans will be paid off in full in 2015. Due to the remoteness of the city, the culture, customs and traditions have been maintained over the years. Unfortunately, it is so remote that they only have electricity during the rainy season, about 6 months out of the year.
There are 116 members in the La Suiza cooperative. Each farmer owns 32 cuerdas of land (approximately 5 acres). Due to the remoteness of the pueblo, all of the families work closely together.
The warmest of the eight coffee-growing regions, San Marcos also has the highest rainfall pattern, reaching up to 200 inches (5,000 mm) and has humidity levels of 70-80%. The seasonal rains come sooner than in other regions, producing the earliest flowering. The northern portion of the department is mountainous, being crossed by the Sierra Madre mountain range, with the two highest volcanoes in Central America being located within its borders.
VARIETALS: Bourbon and Cattura
ALTITUDE: 1,300-1,800 m
NUMBER OF MEMBERS: 116
REGION: Volcanic San Marcos