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Unión Regional Huatusco
Huatusco, Veracruz, Mexico


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Huatusco Lot 1

These lots were cultivated in the high mountains of Verzcruz’s central region. The presence of the Citlaltepec volcano creates incredibly diverse microclimates all of which feature rich volcanic soil, allowing coffee trees grown in this area to truly thrive. Producers here favor Boubon, Garnica, Caturra and Colombia varieties.

This organic and Fair Trade certified coffee was carefully cultivated by Huatusco’s producers who strictly follow sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint, and aid in soil and water conservation. Coffee cherries are meticulously harvested and sorted for peak ripeness. The resulting coffees have a pronounced sugary, marshmallow-like sweetness that’s balanced by crisp notes of peach and citrus. Milk chocolate rounds out this easy-sipping coffee that is sure to please every palate!

 

 

Location: Huatusco, Veracruz, Mexico

Variety: Typica, Caturra, Bourbon, Colombia, Oro Azteca

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,300 masl

Certification: Fair Trade, Organic

Number of members: 1,324

Harvest Months: December - February

Huatusco Lot 2

These lots were cultivated in the high mountains of Verzcruz’s central region. The presence of the Citlaltepec volcano creates incredibly diverse microclimates all of which feature rich volcanic soil, allowing coffee trees grown in this area to truly thrive. Producers here favor Boubon, Garnica, Caturra and Colombia varieties.

This organic and Fair Trade certified coffee was carefully cultivated by Huatusco’s producers who strictly follow sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint, and aid in soil and water conservation. Coffee cherries are meticulously harvested and sorted for peak ripeness. The resulting coffees have a pronounced sugary, marshmallow-like sweetness that’s balanced by crisp notes of peach and citrus. Milk chocolate rounds out this easy-sipping coffee that is sure to please every palate!

 

 

Location: Huatusco, Veracruz, Mexico

Variety: Typica, Caturra, Bourbon, Colombia, Oro Azteca

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1,300 masl

Certification: Fair Trade, Organic

Number of members: 1,324

Harvest Months: December - February

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

One of Sustainable Harvest's oldest relationships

Unión Regional is one of Sustainable Harvest’s founding suppliers; in fact, this relationship began in 1991, before Sustainable Harvest technically existed! David Griswold, Sustainable Harvest’s founder, began a partnership with Unión Regional through his company Aztec Harvest, a coffee importer specializing in Mexican coffees, that would eventually become Sustainable Harvest in 1997.

La Unión Regional de Pequeños Productores de Café Huatusco was founded in 1982 in order to seek better prices for coffee. The cooperative gained the support and leadership of Professor Manuel Sedas Rincón, a social leader in the region. Since their founding, Unión Regional has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life of its members. All Unión Regional coffee is Fair Trade certified, and has been organic certified since 1997.


Currently, the cooperative has 1,324 members across 12 municipalities in the coffee producing area of ​​the Huatusco Regional Union, located on the outskirts of the Pico de Orizaba Volcano in the mountainous area of ​​Veracruz. Unión Regional operates two wet mills with a total drying capacity of 850 quintals (85,000kg) per day, and a dry mill with the capacity to process 640 quintals (64,000kg) per day. Two Q-Graders oversee quality control.


In addition to providing their members with technical assistance and training, Unión Regional also operates a nursery where they produce 150,000 plants consisting of Bourbon, Caturra, Garnica, Colombia, and Costa Rica varieties. The cooperative runs a coffee plantation renovation program which renews 450 hectares of farmland per year. The cooperative also produces 200 tons of their own organic fertilizer which they provide to their members.


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