This coffee (known as “kape” in the Q’eqchi’ language) came to us from the 125 members of the ASOKAPE cooperative from Chiquixji, Alta Verapaz. We sourced this coffee through importer Yellow Rooster through a connection we made at CoffeeFest Chicago this year. We got the pleasure of tasting this one the cupping table and loved it! This is our first time working with Yellow Rooster, and their first year working with Guatemala as an origin too. We are so happy of the honor of getting to carry this beautiful coffee as an offering at Shuv.
In the cup, we taste prickly pear, cantaloupe, chocolate malt, and dates.
If you do need your coffee ground, we are happy to do so. Just leave us a message in the comments at checkout.
Orders are roasted on Wednesday and shipped on Thursday. Please get your orders in by Tuesday night to ensure for same week shipping and delivery.
In Yellow Rooster’s words:
This [125 member] group began organizing in 2002 as a way to achieve higher earnings for their coffee (known as “kape” in the Q’eqchi’ language). Coyote buyers were (and still are) common, and the cultivation of coffee wasn’t an economically sustainable practice. They continued up until 2015, when coffee leaf rust decimated the region and the associated growers found it necessary to diversify into other crops, and even began roasting their own product for local sale. In 2018, they re-organized and re-planted their coffee, and through the power of relationship, we were able to visit in early December 2021 as they began to prepare for their first international export to the US post-leaf rust as an organized group.
About the Varietal:
Anacafe 14 is a cross between a Catimor variety (Timor Hybrid x Caturra) with Pacamara, and is said to have originate around 1980 in Chiquimula, Guatemala. It was released as a commercial variety in 2014, and is notable for its resistance to leaf rust, high yield potential and cup quality.