Organic Mexican Coffee
Fair Trade & Organic Certified
Organic Mexican Coffee Overview
Our Organic, Fair Trade Mexican Coffee is harvested from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico and delivers a cocoa powder sweetness and long finish. Considering the lack of support from the government in the fight against "La Roya", this coffee is delivers unexpected smooth, pleasant, with a natural sweetness.
Primary Descriptors: Medium mouthfeel with a cocoa powder sweetness and long finish.
Lot: Altura de Chiapas
Certification: Fair Trade, Organic Cup Score: 83 points.
Our Organic Mexican Coffee
Our Organic Mexican Coffee comes from Cesmach (Central de Cooperativas Cafetaleras de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas) which is a coffee cooperative located in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The cooperative was established in 1980 by a group of small-scale coffee farmers who came together to improve their economic and social conditions through the collective organization of their production and marketing efforts.
In its early years, Cesmach struggled to gain recognition and support from the government and private sector. However, through perseverance and dedication, the cooperative gradually gained the trust and respect of local and international buyers, as well as government officials.
Today, Cesmach is recognized as one of the most successful and socially responsible coffee cooperatives in Mexico. It has over 4,000 members who produce high-quality organic and Fairtrade certified coffee that is sold both locally and internationally.
Cesmach's success can be attributed to its commitment to sustainable farming practices, quality control, and social development programs. The cooperative provides its members with technical assistance, training, and access to credit to improve their farming techniques and increase their productivity.
Cesmach has also implemented various social development programs to improve the lives of its members and their communities. These programs include education and health initiatives, as well as programs to promote gender equality and youth empowerment.
Since joining the Café Femenino program, the women farmers of Cesmach have increased their income, their ability to organize, and their leadership opportunities—empowering them to support their families during slow production periods brought on by coffee rust, a destructive plant disease.
The Origins of Mexican Coffee
Late to the Game
The origins of coffee in Mexico can be traced back to the late 18th century, when the Spanish colonial government began to promote the cultivation of coffee as an alternative to tobacco and other crops. The first coffee plantations were established in the state of Veracruz, on the eastern coast of Mexico.
In the early 19th century, coffee cultivation expanded to other regions of Mexico, including Chiapas and Oaxaca. However, the industry faced many challenges in its early years, including competition from other crops, limited access to markets, and political instability.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, coffee production in Mexico experienced a period of growth and prosperity, driven in part by the development of transportation infrastructure and the expansion of international markets. The country's coffee industry was also boosted by the influx of refugees from the Haitian Revolution, who brought with them knowledge and experience in coffee cultivation.
However, the industry was hit hard by the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920, which disrupted production and caused many farmers to abandon their crops.
A Long Row to Hoe...
In the decades that followed, the industry struggled to regain its footing, and was further impacted by the global economic crisis of the 1930s and the outbreak of World War II. Despite these challenges, the Mexican coffee industry has continued to survive and evolve over the years. Today, Mexico is one of the world's top producers of organic and specialty coffees, with coffee cultivation taking place in various regions across the country, including Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Guerrero. Mexican coffee is known for its unique flavors, which are influenced by the country's diverse climates and growing conditions.
Lot: Altura de Chiapas
Primary Descriptors: Cocoa Powder Sweetness, Long Finish.
Cup Score: 83 points.
How We're Making a Difference
Bald Guy supports the Café Femenino coffee program, which is a one-of-a-kind ethical sourcing model committed to ending the cycle of poverty affecting women coffee farmers across the world.
Café Femenino provides direct compensation to women farmers, along with the opportunity and resources to enact positive change in their communities and on their own terms.
5 cents per pound is delivered directly to the Café Femenino Foundation to support ongoing projects.