Single Origin Small Batch
Hortencia Rivera Roblero, Chiapas Mexico
Our new small batch is both a Fair Trade and Organic Certified Microlot from Hortencia Rivera Roblero, a smallholder apart of CESMACH, located in the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in Chiapas, Mexico.
CESMACH (Campesinos Ecologicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas), is a co-op founded in 1994 by smallholder coffee farmers worried about the critical situation in which they found themselves. There was a high number of commercial intermediaries dominating, profiteers loaning money at extremely high interest rates, an absence of pre-financing and technical assistance. In general, a disadvantageous situation for farmers in the region. Year after year of selling coffee to intermediaries and coffee hoarders in the region, farmers decided to organize in order to try and find solutions to these problems.
One of the things that has set Mexico's coffee apart is the abundance of both Fair Trade and Organic Certified coffees, especially in areas like Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Chiapas. The strong influence of indigenous groups and cultures has long been the driving force between smallholders' embrace of organic practices, as they are often in line with traditional growing philosophies and utilize similar if not the same techniques. Fair Trade has also done considerable work with regards to encouraging smallholders to organize and operate within cooperatives, which allows them to pool resources, provides better access to credit and financing options, and creates more market presence and leverage in a competitive global economy.
Farms part of CESMACH are located in the buffer zone of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in the highlands of the Sierra Madre. This reserve contains Meso-America’s largest continuous cloud forest, and it serves as a refuge to thousands of plant and animal species. El Triunfo is a rare and valuable sanctuary that requires continued protection. All the coffee they produce is shade grown, and biological corridors are created in order to facilitate bird and animal migration.
Farmer: Hortencia Rivera Roblero
Region: El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas Mexico
Altitude: 1200-1750 m
Tasting notes: cranberry, brown sugar, a little almond
Our roast days are Monday and Thursday.
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