Highland Coffee Presidium
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The Huehuetenango Highland Coffee Presidium was created with the help of Slow Food. The Slow Food movement aims to support small-scale producers who preserve crop varieties, agricultural practices, and food traditions. A Presidium is a local project with a goal to find a viable future for small scale producers of regional, artisanal food. Today, this Presidium represents 4 cooperatives and consists of approximately 150 small growers in two different communities: La Libertad and Todos Santos. Members of the presidium must have farms over 1500 meters and be committed to the principles of Slow Food.
The Presidium works to protect both the health of the local environment and the well-being of the producers and their families. In addition, the Presidium provides educational workshops and technical training to producers in order to improve the quality of the coffee.