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Isabela Marcos Gaspar
Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Isabela Marcos Gaspar
Guatemala 333g bag

This is our second year featuring Isabela, and our third with coffee from the ADIPY co-op in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Isabela has been farming since 1990, with certified organic practices since 2009. Isabela is one of 92 women farmers who belong to the ADIPY co-op. In the cup, we taste raspberry jam, plum, and honey.

Our winter menu's sun lamp - soft, bright, and cheerful.

RegionHuehuetenango
ProcessWashed
Farm systemSingle farm
Varietal(s)Caturra, Pache Verde
Reminds us ofRaspberry jam, plum and honey
KG's purchased1242kg
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Story

Isabela Marcos Gaspar is a sixty-eight year old coffee farmer in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. This is our second year featuring her coffee, and though we hoped to travel to Guatemala and acquaint her this past spring, we are nonetheless proud to represent her for another year while we await the return of safe travel! 

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. She is currently overseeing a renovation to her on-farm processing infrastructure in order to increase both her yields and the quality of her product. Hers is precisely the type of narrative that underpins so much of the lovely coffee we have the opportunity to drink today. 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.

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 the year before last. This coffee was a hit, so last season we built 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. 

We had intended to accompany Atlas on a trip to Huehuetenango this past March, to meet Isabela and deepen our understanding of CODECH and ADIPY on the ground. As with countless other things, COVID-19 derailed this plan, but we are no less proud to bring Isabela’s coffee back to our menu. In the cup, we taste raspberry jam, plum, and honey.

Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Isabela Marcos Gaspar

Production

Varietal(s)Caturra, Pache Verde
KG's Purchased1,242kg
Processing MethodWashed
Arrived at DispatchOctober 2020

Who it's From

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

Where it's From

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