- Tasting Notes: Dried Cherry, All Spice, Rounded
- Varietal(s): Bourbon, Catimore, Guacamaya, Marsellesa, Maragoype
- Processing: Fully Washed
- Altitude: 1450 - 1800 masl
- Farm(ers): Small Holders, 11 Families
- Region: Chiapas, specifically La Tarraya, Angel Albino Corzo
Our El Mezcal coffee comes from the help of E-Café Chiapas. E-Café Chiapas is a special organization and one that we have been proud to know for several years. Not only does E Café Chiapas produce, export, and market quality coffee from their own farms but this social enterprise based in Chiapas, Mexico also helps small-scale coffee farmers produce and export specialty coffee. More so, they do all this while simultaneously engaging in social development projects positioned in the poorest state of Mexico. E-Café’s vision is to ultimately end poverty by working together with indigenous coffee farmers in Chiapas by raising the quality of their coffee.
El Mezcal is a group of 11 families that live and grow coffee in La Tarraya, Angel Albino Corzo. These families have grown up amongst coffee trees all their lives - their parents cultivated the land, and these families then succeeded them. Recently, the families made the choice to opt out of working for a larger farm to begin producing coffee under their own name.
All the families of El Mezcal can be considered small scale farmers. All own between 2 to 8 hectares - a hectare meaning 2.5 acres, so not much land at all. Farming at this size and for one’s livelihood presents some unique challenges. However, instead of diving into this more here, we encourage you to take 5 minutes to read E-Café Chiapas’ expose on each of the families: