Mexico washed Arabica Especial, Cafe de Mujeres, Chiapas

Afloat (expected arrival: 06/10/2024)
Quantity Available: 250 GrainPro bags of 69kg
SKU
103186-1398
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Unit of Measure GrainPro bags of 69kg
Status Afloat
Warehouse On Ship
Bag Type Grain Pro
ETA Jun 10, 2024
Crop 23/24
Batch 103186
Variety Bourbon, Typica, Sarchimor, Caturra, and Catuai
Region Chiapas
Process Washed
Grade SHG EP
Producer 212 women coffee farmers

Mexico produces various premium coffees, ranging from lighter-bodied, delicate qualities to sweeter coffees with caramel or chocolate notes. These unique flavors are created by many different micro-climates with varied rainfall patterns and rich soils across the country. The coffee is grown in the shade of the trees in the native forest to better support the natural ecology.

The past years were not easy for Mexican coffee producers. Leaf rust and aging trees have substantially diminished production. This forced farmers to migrate to the cities, looking for alternative sources of income for their families. As a result of this new reality, women often stayed home, taking care of the coffee farms. They do not only work as farmers but have also become entrepreneurs and custodians of the cultural traditions. Nonetheless, gender inequality, particularly in rural areas, is still present today. This makes women more vulnerable as they often have less access to resources, education, employment, and decision-making. 212 women from the Sierra and Frailesca regions of Chiapas produced this coffee. They come together to eliminate the persistent inequalities and develop further economic opportunities for women.

Once the cherries are red and ripe, they are carefully selected by the women farmers. After being picked, they are pulped, and after a controlled fermentation process, the remainder of the mucilage is washed off. They dry the coffee typically under the sun and protect it while drying from humidity at night and extreme heat during mid-day with the appropriate coverage. Once the parchment is dry, it is moved to the dry mill to further process it for export.

Mexico is filled with contrasting landscapes and rich traditions. You can explore large deserts, snow-capped mountains, cloud forests as well as breathtaking coastlines. Because of its central location close to both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Mexico provides perfect conditions for coffee cultivation. The main coffee growing regions in Mexico are Chiapas, Veracruz, Oaxaca and Puebla. Due to the different regions, Mexican coffee has a wide variety of flavors.

When it comes to high-quality coffees, Mexico is often overlooked, although it has much to offer. Coffee first arrived in the country in the late 1700s. For a long time, coffee production was dominated by a few landowners. After the Mexican revolution in the 1920s, the land was redistributed to the indigenous people, breaking up many large haciendas. Since then, coffee has mostly been cultivated by smallholder farmers on a few hectares each.

In the 1970s, coffee was finally recognized as an important export good that supported rural development. Over the following decades, the Mexican government started to heavily promote coffee production. By 1990, Mexico had risen to the fourth-largest producer in the world. Back then, coffee was an essential pillar of the national economy. Unfortunately, this development ended shortly after due to the 'coffee crisis' in the 90s, leading to a drastic decline in production and quality.

Over the years, the farmers started working together and formed cooperatives to recover from the crisis. The cooperatives provided technical assistance, training, and support in marketing and financial matters to their members. Moreover, they supported indigenous producers and encouraged sustainable coffee production.

Today, much of Mexico's coffee is exported to the United States. We are happy to offer you some of the finest Mexican lots in our onlineshop.

 

CONTINENT

Central America

COFFEE REGIONSChiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz
COFFEE ALTITUDES800 – 1,800 masl.
VARIETIES

Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Maragogype, Catimor, Catuai

HARVEST PERIODNov - Mar
COFFEE FARMSSmallholders and plantations
AVERAGE FARM SIZE0.5 – 5.5 ha
YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)4.000.000
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