fbpx

green

taste

Origin Information

Grower
Ek Balam Productores del Jaguar S.C. DE R. L. de C.V
Variety
Bourbon, Catimor, Costa Rica, Oro Azteca,Marsellesa, Mundo Novo, Sarchimor, and Typica
Region
Chiapas, Mexico
Harvest
December – April
Altitude
950 – 1650 meters
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Fully washed and dried in the sun
Certifications
Organic

Background Details

Here is an opportunity to support a newly formed association of producers in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, which includes the El Triunfo biosphere reserve. Ek-Balam Productores del Jaguar S.C. DE R. L. de C.V. (Ek-Balam) was formed in 2019 with 399 members. The vast majority of producers have indigenous roots and continue to speak a native language. Nearly one third of these growers are women who depend on income from coffee to support their families. They cultivate coffee on farms that average just a few acres in size, small enough for each producer to process their own coffee with their own micro-mill. Ek-Balam provides crucial support to small producers. In particular, the association has helped producers gain access to credit and certifications. Investments for basic infrastructure needs, like road improvements, establishing local warehouses, and operating a dry-mill facility are all coordinated through Ek-Balam, which ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post-harvest process. Their collective efforts have established higher prices and more producer income to support best agricultural practices and improve livelihoods.