Mexico - Sierra Mazateca

Mexico - Sierra Mazateca


Mexico - Sierra Mazateca

Juicy and wine like with red fruit and rhubarb flavours this a great smallholder community lot from Oaxaca


Region: Mazatec, Oaxaca
Variety: Bourbon, Typica, Mundo Novo, Caturra
Altitude: 1500-1800m
Processing: Fully Washed
Producer: 503 Small Producers
Harvest: February-April 2019


Our second Mexican offering of 2019 comes from a group of small producers in the Mazatec region of Oaxaca, the Mexican state known for its exceptional food and as the spiritual home of Mezcal, but which is also home to perhaps the most exciting and diverse Mexican coffees.

The Mazatec region is located in the northern highlands of Oaxaca, an area of plunging valleys and cloud forests. The region is where the famous Dia de los Muertos or ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations first originated. Coffee was the staple product in the region for many years until the 1990’s and early 2000’s when unstable and unsustainably low coffee prices forced many to move away from coffee production.

The rise of the specialty market and more sustainable pricing models has started to redress this balance thankfully and in 2016 a group of producers came together to form the  Organizacion Regional de Café Especial de la Mazateca. The 503 producer members typically have around 1 hectare of land under coffee, (this is an exceptionally small farm size, the average smallholder producer has around 5 hectares of coffee) and are all committed to improving pre and post harvesting techniques and practices to ensure the group is producing specialty grade coffee.

This is hugely important to protect the long-term livelihood of these producers. Current coffee prices on the commodity market are below $1 per lb, the lowest they have been in almost a decade (and below most producers cost of production) so it is doubly important to produce coffees like these that can command long term, sustainable pricing structures much higher than the commodity price.

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