Atitlan – Guatemala
The Ija’tz Cooperative is located in San Lucas Tolíman on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. In March 2017 I visit this plantation and there farmers. The Co-op just started producing real good coffee again after a few hard years. The community and there church provided some support and now the are back on track again. You can donate money in the shop to help rebuild there infrastructure and help improve next years harvest. 100% of your donation goes direct to the fermentation tank project.
The community is made up of indigenous Maya families the members grow coffee in surrounding communities on the slopes of the now extinct Volcan Toliman. The co-op is also dedicated to the environment and uses almost no chemicals. Actually they are as good as organic but in order to maintain quality they have to use some fertilizer which is not enough to become 100% organic.
Of the five volcanic coffee regions of Guatemala, Atitlán’s soil is the richest in organic matter. The daily winds that stir the cold lake waters are an important influence on the microclimate, along with the high humidity which is normally around 70-80%. Harvest occurs between December and March.
ORANGE ZEST ACIDITY
1600 – 1900 MASL
BOURBON AND CATTURA
NUMBER OF MEMBERS: 60 – 40% women
REGION: Lake Atitlan, Vulcan San Toliman