The Ija'tz Cooperative is located in the Solola department of Guatemala and the Lake Atitlan coffee region of Guatemala. The lake is known not only for its beauty, but also for the small picturesque and relatively untouched villages with strong Mayan culture and traditions.
In total, there are 50 members in the cooperative. The farmers are generally small-holders, owning an average of approximately 5-10 acres of land. All coffee is farmed and processed by hand.
- Varietals: Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, and Pache
- Altitude: Ija'tz is 5,000-6,200 ft (1,500-1,900m)
- Number of members: 50 total
- Coffee Region: Lake Atitlan
- Flavor notes: Aromatic with crisp and pronounced acidity and full body.
Of the five volcanic coffee regions of Guatemala, Atitlan's soil is the richest in organic matter. The daily winds (called Xocomil) that stir the cold lake waters are an important influence on the microclimate, along with the high humidity which is normally around 70-80%. Harvest occurs between December and March.