Mexico FTO Chiapas CESMACH Cooperative - El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve - FLO
A new coffee flavor from Mexico is here and ready to amaze coffee lovers.
A History Of Mexican Coffee
Like with many of its neighboring countries, Mexico didn’t receive coffee plants until the late-1700’s when Spanish colonials brought plants from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. During this time, however, Mexico was exporting vast amounts of minerals like gold and silver, so agriculture generally took the back seat.
It wasn’t until the 1860’s that coffee as a valuable export really took off. Because of a border dispute with Guatemala, Mexico’s government was forced to begin registering land. This led to the many areas of previously unregistered land to be put up for auction, giving wealthy Europeans a legal path to Mexican investment.
Many of these Europeans, especially Italians and Germans, started large coffee farms in Mexico’s remote Southern regions and filled them with local workers who previously believed they owned the land. Thankfully, labor laws in 1914 freed these workers who had essentially become indentured servants.
These newly freed and skilled locals started to get in on the growing coffee industry for themselves, particularly after the Mexican Revolution in the early-1900’s when the government created incentives for new farms.
The country of Mexico had never been a player in the High-End Specialty Coffee world. The perception of many in the industry was that Mexican coffee is mediocre to say the least, but now those ideas are shifting as more and more exceptional Mexican coffee makes it to market. There is huge potential in Mexican coffee and things will only get better. We source coffee from the south of Mexico in the state of Chiapas from cooperatives, Campesinos Ecologicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH). The cup quality on these has been solid year after year.
Campesinos Ecológicos de La Sierra Madre de Chiapas, or CESMACH, is a cooperative uniting more than 700 small producers from 37 communities and four municipalities. Most members' farmlands but the Triunfo Biosphere Reserve—a magnificent, protected mountain range and wildlife sanctuary that's home to endangered flora and fauna, a cloud forest and tropical humid rain forest, and 10 percent of the rainfall capture in Mexico.
In an extra effort to help its members, the cooperative separates the specialty organic coffee produced by the women in the co-op and sells those lots at premium prices. The extra income from these efforts has created greater food stability, enabled women to reinvest in their farms, encouraged more women into social leadership roles and enabled more women to send their children to school.
CESMACH has also partnered with a number of NGOs, which have offered benefits from talks on cervical cancer prevention to the planting of fruit trees for consumption and additional income.
Producers farm mainly Bourbon, Typica and Mundo Novo, between 1,400 and 1,900 meters. CESMACH began selling certified Organic coffee to the United States in 1996, and in 2002 became Fair Trade certified.
CESMACH has been expanding its coffee facilities to include storage warehouses for parchment and vehicles for transporting coffee to the dry processing plant. It has also invested with three other cooperatives in the area in a green-coffee threshing facility that turns pulped fruit into organic compost for co-op members.
We roast this coffee in 2 roasts, light medium and medium dark roast. We have roasted and cupped this new Mexico beans in light medium roast and the taste is really good. Best to try in cold brew and iced coffee. Light medium roast gives a green grape, peach, lemon aroma with bright acidity. It has a mellow, light body and flavours of dark chocolate, toffee, and nuts.
Medium dark roast has aroma of spices and nuts. It has medium acidity and medium body and gives you flavors of roasted almonds and peanuts.