This is our fifth year working with this organic coffee producer group in the village of Sipacapa. This association is located in San Marcos—a high-elevation region of western Guatemala known historically for its dry climate, but not for exceptional coffee. This has changed in the last few decades as coffee associations throughout San Marcos have increasingly focused on planting and developing quality coffee. This coffee is a shining example of those efforts. Look for notes of berry, brown sugar, and stone fruit.
Asociación de Caficultores y Agricultores de Sipacapa (ACAS) was founded in 2009 with the help of an international non-governmental organization. The ACAS group recognized the need for local economic opportunities that were alternatives to the dominant mining industry that was damaging the environment and human health. The group is also committed to continually transitioning a larger percentage of producers to organic production.
Sipacapa coffee first appeared in our holiday coffee years ago. The quality of the coffee—and overall production—laid the groundwork for our ongoing relationship.
Fewer than 300 producers make up ACAS, which is growing quickly thanks to interest among people in the area. The majority of the producers have less than 1 hectare of land. ACAS is one of 10 associations that deliver coffee to the primary cooperative, Manos Campesinas. The years ahead will no doubt hold great growth and advancements in quality for Sipacapa.