Huehuetango is a municipality in the western highlands of Guatemala, running up to the border with Mexico and encompassing a lot of microclimates across its ondulating hills and valleys. Alongside El Quiche, Huehuetenango encompasses the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America. Spanish is spoken here.
Cuchumatan itself is derived from Mam and means ‘to bring together with force’, highlighting the Mayan ancestry here.
Fodecocagua is a secondary cooperative formed of 148 primary cooperatives. These cooperatives typically form to help provide small holder farmers with access to agronomists, wet processing facilities, seedlings, and micro-finance support among other things.
Fedecocagua provides all these cooperatives with additional quality control, processing, and marketing channels.
After picking, coffee is wet processed and dried on the farm before being shipped in parchment to the Fedecocagua facility for grading and milling, ready for export. Huehuetenango department coffee is made of coffee coming from the top 15 cooperatives, of which Cuchumatan is one. Almost like an Apellation D’origine Protégée (AOP) winewould be.