Process method: washed Origin: Mexico Region: Siltepec, Chiapas Farm/Producer: Various smallholder farmers Elevation: 1200-1800 masl Variety: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Mundo Novo Tasting Notes: Pecan, herbal, coffee cherry Retail Price: $14/12oz. box
We found that there is a difference in style and substance between regions and microregions. In Coatapec, producers tend to deliver cherries to the mill, but there are many small producers with micromills and raised beds—where in Chiapas you find small producers depulping by hand and drying wherever they can, to deliver dry parchment to a central repository. Chiapas is also home to cooperatives, both Fair Trade and not. Many organic producers and large estates are entirely self-contained, and efficiently producing their own electricity to run their own wet mills, dry mills, and support their housing.