Over the past several years have purchased coffee from the CESMACH Co-Op. And while we continue to buy from this co-op in 2017 (2016 harvest) we started buying from a special sub group of women farmers members who work alongside CESMACH.
It all started in 2005, when a group of six women members of the CESMACH co-op, all of whom managed and worked their own farms, came together in an effort to integrate more of the co-op’s women members into educational workshops about coffee cultivation, and to highlight the contributions these women were making to the management and labor on their family farms while their husbands, many of which had emigrated to the U.S.A., held the title of CESMACH “member” on paper. They realized that in order to create more equity among the group and to empower these women in farm-leadership roles, this practice had to change.
By 2006, the grassroots group had grown to 23 women who had begun to formalize their memberships with CESMACH, becoming more involved in the cooperative and selling their coffee as “Café Feminino,” a mark indicating that it was produced by women smallholders.
In 2011 this special coffee had made its way to the United States. Today, the co-op boasts 224 women members: Some are widows, some are private landowners themselves, and some have partners and husbands that have emigrated for other work opportunities.
We are honored to offer this outstanding coffee and support the efforts of the hard-working woman farmers of Chiapas Mexico!
Sierra Madre de Chiapas
Co-op of 224 Women Member Farmers
Typica, Bourbon, Mundo Novo
Roasted Darker this has dark chocolate in the aroma and flavor hints of roasted almond and slight citrus tones. It is Earthy, Nutty, and full-bodied. Smooth and lingering. Enjoy!
Certifications: Organic | Fair Trade | Women Producing Farms