The Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala (FECCEG) was founded in January 2006 in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. It began as a response from the region’s small producers to the crisis in the coffee industry in 2001-2002 in which coffee prices dropped drastically to a point at which they did not even cover production costs.
The initiative sought to consolidate greater volumes of production, obtain quality-based certifications, process coffee independently, and find markets for specialty coffees while avoiding intermediaries.
FECCEG is a second-level not-for-profit organization that currently brings together 12 cooperatives of small coffee producers, with a total of 1,414 men and 529 women from the Guatemalan Highlands, including Chimaltenango, Huehuetenango, Quiché, Sololá, San Marcos and Quetzaltenango.
The Exportadora de Café Especial de Guatemala S.A. is the business and trade branch of FECCEG. It exports specialty coffees and high-quality honey with organic and fair trade certificates.
FECCEG’s activities include promotion and guidance in agro-ecological practices, gender equality, sustainable development, natural resource management, organizational strengthening, food security, production diversification, quality improvement, market access, loans, seeking outside resources and responsible administration, in addition to services such as dry coffee processing, coffee roasting, grinding, packaging and export logistics.