Estrella Polar Organic
The cooperative itself has its own office and warehouse but works with a collection of communities: ldea Estrella Polar, Aldea Xaxmoxan, Aldea El Mirador, Aldea Santa Clara, and Aldea Amachel, in Chajul, El Quiché. Each of the producers contributing cherry to this lot care deeply about quality and maintaining organic certification.
This region is mountainous which means it can be difficult to navigate the rugged terrain when delivering coffee. Infrastructure is one of the challenges producers face in Ixil Quiché, especially when accessing warehouses. Transportation costs are thus increased in addition to production costs.
Coffee has helped fuel Guatemala’s economy for over a hundred years. Today, an estimated 125,000 coffee producers drive Guatemala’s coffee industry and coffee remains one of Guatemala’s principal export products, accounting for 40% of all agricultural export revenue.
It is most likely that Jesuit missionaries introduced coffee to Guatemala, and there are accounts of coffee being grown in the country as early as mid-18th century. Nonetheless, as in neighbouring El Salvador, coffee only became an important export crop for the country at the advent of synthetic dyes and industrialisation of textiles – in the mid-19th century. Throughout the latter half of the 1800s, various government programs sought to promote coffee as a means to stimulate the economy, including a massive land privatisation program initiated by President Justo Rufino Barrias in 1871, which resulted in the creation of large coffee estates, many of which still produce some of Guatemala’s best coffees today.