Guatemala Chichupak Co-op, Coban Washed

Tropical fruits, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, orange
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P8001808-1
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About This Coffee

This washed top lot is from Chichupak Co-operative in Chichupak, Coban. The members of Chichupak are very close, most have known each other all their lives. Faustín Chen is the leader in their community. Together with association president Mario Sic they have worked hard to increase quality and ultimately improve incomes for their members, for whom coffee is their most important cash crop. 

Origin Guatemala
Subregion Chichupak, Baja Verapaz, Coban
Harvest Season 2021/22
Producer Type Cooperative
Co-Op Chichupak
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1600m - 2000m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Chichupak comes from the words 'chi' meaning "place" or "where" and 'chupak' meaning "soap plant". So loosely Chichupak translates to "the place where they produce soap" because historically the locals cultivated Achi, a plant used to make soap. The Chichupak community have always preserved their indigenous heritage. The people are invested in the history of their ancestors, the struggles and victories, going back centuries to the time of Rabinal Leb, King of the Mayan kingdom in the region. Most of the locals still wear the traditional indigenous clothes: women wear a long colourful skirt and a handmade blouse, while men wear a white cotton pants with a red belt.

The community is 100 kilometers from the state capital city of Coban. Although it is not that far, it is not easy to get to. The entrance to Chichupak is a pine-lined dirt road that sits at the top of one of the highest peaks in Baja Verapaz (one of the departments that make up the Coban region). You must go through several villages and dirt roads, but once you get there you get immerse in a different and magical world.


The Process

Chichupak members are known to take very good care of their farms, from the seedlings through to the harvest time when they hand select the only best coffee cherries for processing. The coffee production in the community is very traditional. Once the coffee is picked they take their coffee cherry to the co-op mill where every member can access to depulpers, fermentation tanks, wash channels, African beds and patios. The Chichupak mill also has its own honey water treatment plant to ensure waste water is fully decontaminated and avoid negative ecological impact in the community.

  • Subregion Chichupak, Baja Verapaz, Coban
  • Producer Type Cooperative
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra
  • Min Growing Altitude 1600m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2000m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Co-Op Chichupak
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • Price Per Kg £8.95
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB FANCY
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001808-1
  • Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk