Coffee production was initially slow in Guatemala due to lack of coffee growing knowledge and useful technology. However, in the 1800s, the decrease of other exports led to an increased effort toward coffee production. Coffee production soared and, by 1880, composed roughly 90 percent of the country’s exports.
The coffee association of Guatemala, Anacafe, has been instrumental in the improvement of picking, processing, and improving quality standards, with excellent information and resources available for farmers and a traceability database for buyers to connect with producers.
Anacafe works with companies like ours Westrock to create better processes and standards for coffee and, more importantly, the workers and farmers. In addition to supporting this, Westrock purchases large quantities of Fair Trade coffee to help balance the system when market prices are low.