Todos Santos | Huehuetenango, GuatemalaBluebeard Coffee Roasters
Flavor notes: Raspberry, guava, caramel & milk chocolate.
Produced by ASODIETT Co-op farmers Vicente Ramirez, Teodoro Calmo and Alfredo Martinez
Varietals: Bourbon and Caturra
Process: Fully washed
Region: Rio Ocho, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Elevation: 1750 MASL
Import Partner: Shared Source
The group was formed in 1995, and was formalized as an Association in 2010; they received their Cooperative status in 2017. Located along the skirts of the Rio Ocho, members’ farms have healthy soils and good conditions for growing coffee.
ASODIETT has been steadily growing over the last few years, thanks to intentional leadership and connections built by their leader Macario Calmo. The group is working to finish building a warehouse building with a second floor- this will allow the group to store members’ coffee in cooler, more stable conditions, and they hope to have humble quarters for visitors to stay as well. The warehouse will and has already served as a community center- there’s a small, community-led pharmacy on the first floor, and the area is a communal meeting space. The group’s sense of solidarity and focus on shared progress is evident.
The ASODIETT group does not have an organic certificate, though their cultural farming practices depend very little on synthetic chemical fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides or herbicides. The group has designated two members (Fernando Santos and Vicente Calmo) who are in charge of their bio-lab; they make a fermented foliar from the pulp of the leaves of a local plant called Horsetail, steeped in water. Mixed with decomposed coffee pulp, manure, and the leaf litter of native leguminous trees, producers use this product as a fertilizer, and as a way to return microorganisms and nutrients to the soil to keep trees resilient and healthy. The group also collectively purchases organic fertilizers, to reduce the cost for members.
We purchase parchment coffee directly from the association, quetzals are transferred straight to their bank account upon receipt of parchment at our chosen mill. We pay for transport from Huehuetenango to the mill. We paid between 1100 and 1350 quetzales per quintal (100 pounds of parchment). At times throughout harvest, the local rate was around 650 quetzales/quintal- the cost of production is estimated to be around 700-800 quetzales/quintal.
Pictured left to right: Some members ASODIETT co-op; Producer Vicente Ramirez of Todos Santos and ASODIETT President Macario Calmo; ripe coffee cherry.