Erika Sanchez is also part of the Red de Mujerez (English – Network of Women) group. It consists of 830 women producers who were either widowed during the civil war or their husbands fled the country during the country’s coffee crisis in 2001-2004. A total of 8 different Mayan languages are spoken in the community, showing the diversity of culture and language in this area of Guatemala. The farmers of Red de Mujerez are also united by organic cultivation, the production and use of natural fertilizers and methods of eliminating rust and pests.
The farmer allows the coffee to dry longer under controlled conditions to emphasize its fruity characteristics. The fermentation method that Erika uses is unique and is also learned by other farmers from the area, members of the ACODIHUE association (Huehuetenango Integrative Development Cooperation Association). The ACODIHUE association, as well as the importer Falcon Coffee, supports female farmers by training them in organic farming methods and improving the quality of production.
Caturra is a dwarf natural hybrid of the bourbon variety. The first mentions and found plants are from the mid-1950s in Brazil. Farmers quickly fell in love with variety because of its small size and ability to plant a larger number of plants in a smaller area and thus increase the profitability of farms.
Caturra has great taste properties, unfortunately, it is very susceptible to disease.
Bourbon is one of the most culturally and genetically important C. arabica varieties in the world, known for excellent quality in the cup at the highest altitudes.
Pache is a compact plant with medium yield and good quality, but highly susceptible to major diseases.