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Origin Information

Grower
Producers from Chiapas
Variety
Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, and Typica
Region
Chiapas, Mexico
Harvest
October – March
Altitude
1100 – 1700 masl
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Fully washed and dried in the sun
Certifications
Organic

Background Details

Everest in Chiapas comes to mind when looking for words to describe organic certified coffees from Chiapas. And even though Chiapas has coffee production reaching an impressive 1700 meters above sea level near the El Triunfo biosphere reserve, we're not talking about elevation when we say Everest. Rather, the reference is to the level of difficulty in cultivating heirloom varietals like bourbon using organic practices despite the devastating toll of leaf rust throughout Mexico. Getting our hands on some of the best coffee from Chiapas Is no accident. Rather, results come from a complex and meaningful supply chain. At the top, an organization called Sinapsis looks to create solutions, like access to credit and international markets, for thousands of coffee farmers who struggle to make a living wage with just a few acres of land for coffee production. Throughout dozens communities in the southern end of the Sierra Madre mountain range, each producer processes coffee with their own micro-mill and dry the coffee in the sun on patios before transporting the coffee in parchment to a centrally located dry mill facility where the coffee is prepared for export. With smaller farms, production of organic compost is an achievable and cost-effective means of maintaining proper plant nutrition. These organic practices also provide a protective buffer for more than 800 plant species and 390 bird species that make their home in the El Triunfo biosphere reserve.