Isabella Marcos Gaspar
Isabela Marcos Gaspar
Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Isabela Marcos Gaspar

Guatemala 333g

A creamy, fruity coffee from one of our longest-standing producing partners.

People

Isabela Marcos Gaspar is a seventy-year-old coffee farmer in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. This is our fourth year featuring her coffee, and it is always a pleasure to bring her back to the menu.

Isabela established her farm in 1990, began selling to the local market three years later, transitioned toward organic in 2004, and received certification in 2009. Throughout this evolution and through the present, Isabela has invested in effective shade management, organic composting, processing improvements, soil conservation, and protection of local plant species. We owe our familiarity with her to our importing partners at Atlas Coffee Importers, who introduced us to CODECH and ADIPY, a cooperative and sub-association within the cooperative, the groups in which Isabela Marcos Gaspar participates.

Supported Causes
Production detail
RegionHuehuetenango
ProcessWashed
Farm systemSingle farm
Varietal(s)Caturra, Pache Verde
Reminds us ofNectarine, rose hip and custard
KG's purchased1242kg

Story

Atlas has been working with CODECH (Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Desarrollo de Concepción Huista) for over ten years. Of CODECH’s 482 members, 167 are women. Within CODECH are four base associations, one of which is ADIPY (Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Productivo Yamanonh), with 92 women contributors. In addition to offering micro-lots like Isabela’s, Atlas curates regional blends that are representative of the prevailing flavour profiles of each association, and Dispatch purchased the ADIPY lot in 2018. This coffee was a hit, leading us to build upon the relationship by evaluating some of the micro-lot caliber submissions from ADIPY’s women contributors and bringing one selection to the menu. Vibrant tropical fruits layered atop a creamy, custardy foundation helped Isabela’s lot leap from the table and quickly win our hearts. 

As was the case in much of the world, COVID hit Guatemala hardest in early 2021, and logistical challenges sustained well into 2022. Nonetheless, in both years, she was still able to produce enough high-quality coffee to earn a secondary premium payment at the end of the harvest. Frankly, this is absolutely incredible. It is humbling for a producer of Isabela’s age to continue helming her family farm, amidst all of the recent years’ chaos, and we are so thankful that we are the roasters who have the chance to represent her, yet again.

In the cup, we taste nectarine, rose hip, and custard.

Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Isabela Marcos Gaspar

Production

Varietal(s)Caturra, Pache Verde
KG's Purchased1,242kg
Processing MethodWashed
Arrived at DispatchAugust 2022

Who it's From

ExporterCODECH
ImporterAtlas
ProcessedOn-farm + ADIPY
Farm SystemSingle farm within co-op
Relationship DurationFour years
Number of ContributorsOne family

Where it's From

RegionGuatemala
CountryHuehuetenango
Elevation1,600-1,700m
Sub-regionConcepcion Huista