Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

Guatemala Xelaju Organic

Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Origin: Quetzaltenango region, southwestern Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: July 2008

Agtron: 45/49

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

An apparent slow roast deepens and rounds the profile. Hints of fir, milk chocolate, possibly butter in the aroma. In the cup muted acidity, rough but full mouthfeel, continued aromatic wood and chocolate notes, with hints of flowers and butter. The chocolate notes carry into the rich, dry finish.


Pachamama is a cooperative of cooperatives, owned by small holding farmers who are members of cooperatives in five different countries: Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Their coffees are roasted in small batches in the United States and packaged in sophisticated valve-topped, recyclable cans. This coffee is from the Manos Campesinas cooperative of over 1,000 small-holding members. It is certified organically grown and also Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased at a “fair” or economically sustainable price from the small-holding farmers organized in this democratically-run cooperative. Visit www.pacha.coop or call 530-204-7554 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who like the handsome can, the admirable concept, the hard-working cooperatives and a deep-toned, roughly chocolaty coffee.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2008 tasting report: Readers' Choice 2008: Hearty Coffee from the Heartlands

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