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Reserva El Triunfo Café de Mujer

The group Reserva El Triunfo - Café de Mujer is formed by 18 coffee women producers from Angel Albino Corzo, Chiapas, who grow Typica and Bourbon at around 1,200 and 1,700 m.a.s.l. and who after washing the coffee, they dry it for 7 to 12 days.

This is an incredibly balanced coffee that will surprise you with notes of lime, grapefruit and a touch of cinnamon, and some deep notes of chocolate and brown sugar, as well as its great body and delicious sweetness. All combined reminds us of "café de olla," the traditional way coffee is made throughout Mexico.

 

 

Location: Angel Albino Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico

Variety: Bourbon, Typica

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,200 - 1,700 m.a.s.l.

Certification: Fair Trade, Organic

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

The cooperative Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH) was founded in 1994. CESMACH’s long-term success is rooted in their guiding principles which aim to strike a balance between developing social programs and building a competitive business. These principles are conservation of natural resources; strong values of respect, loyalty, democracy, social participation, and non-discrimination; economic profitability and efficiency.


A leader in organic, Mexican coffee

CESMACH farmers live in the buffer zone of the El Triunfo biosphere reserve where organic coffee farming is one of the few sanctioned activities in the delicate cloud forest habitat. In fact, organic farming is strongly promoted; more than sixty percent of
the organization’s members are certified. In total, 1,250 hectares of land are reserved for organic coffee cultivation. Premiums from organic coffee sales support a community savings bank that facilitates member access to financing.


Strong leadership builds resilience

CESMACH’s strong organization and management allowed them to weather the outbreak of Roya in 2014 that devastated large swaths of land throughout Central America. After containing the outbreak, CESMACH launched an immediate and extensive renovation plan that included experimentation with rust-resistant varietals. Specialists at the co-op have since planted more than 4 million trees (50% of total production) of new a variety called Rancho Bonito. This variety was selected for its outstanding cup profile in addition to its Roya tolerance.


Chiapas, Mexico

CESMACH farmers live in the buffer zone of the El Triunfo biosphere reserve where organic coffee farming is one of the few sanctioned activities in the delicate cloud forest habitat.


Challenging stereotypes

In 2006, a group of 23 Cesmach women producers began to formalize and sell their coffee separately under the brand "Café Feminino." Today, the co-op has over 200 women producers who sell their coffee as a separated lot. In addition, Cesmach's board of directors now includes at least one woman to represent the women's group.