Maya Ixil coffee cooperative is situated in the mountains of the tropical Ixcan region in the department of Quiche, Guatemala. The fertile valleys, temperate climate and high altitudes have a positive effect on cup quality, but this top quality cup is a direct result of the technical crop improvements of the Ixil farmers who are from the surrounding communities of San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj.
Maya Ixil evolved out of the necessity to improve coffee prices. In 1998, a group began to organize and succeeded in gaining organic certification. It meant not only an improvement of the quality of life for the farmers, but also improvements for the environment through sustainable practices. Their socially responsible coffees are grown under shade trees, preserving native fruit and animal species. In 2004, Maya Ixil was certified Fair Trade coffee.
Today, more than 124 Quiche families represent Maya Ixil coffee
cooperative and are gaining greater opportunities for business growth and community developments.