MEXICO CHIAPAS MAYAN HARVEST WOMEN'S GROUP
Back in the spring of 2019, we stumbled upon the incredible coffees being produced by Rosalba Cifuentes Tovia’s Mayan Harvest Coffee. Based in the tiny municipality of Bella Vista in Chiapas Mexico, Rosalba’s family members have been producing coffee for centuries. When tasting Mayan Harvest’s coffees, one, in particular, stood out on the cupping table. Mayan Harvest Women’s Group, which was composed of coffees from 42 different women coffee producers, working directly with Rosalba. We purchased the only two bags of this coffee that Mayan Harvest produced and sold it under our fledgling Limited Offerings label. 2+ years and a global pandemic later, we are thrilled to announce that we are once again roasting Rosalba’s Mayan Harvest Women’s Group. However, this time it is composed of coffees from 168 different women coffee producers which means we were able to purchase much more of it as a result. Through Mayan Harvest’s system of traceability and improved premiums returned directly to the women, this coffee recognizes their work and gives them financial empowerment.
On that day in early 2019, Rosalba told us how she started Mayan Harvest as a means to push back against the patriarchy and machismo in her society by empowering herself and other women in her community. She told us stories of sneaking food to the neighborhood stray dogs as a child and how her childhood friendship with those dogs led her to bring some of the first veterinary care to Bella Vista, not just for pets, but also for the working animals that are critical to coffee farming in high-altitude, remote areas. Rosalba’s story is more than just an inspirational one, it’s an aspirational one that we are humbled to be a tiny part of.
Varietal: Bourbon, Catimor, Caturra
Process: Fully Washed
Elevation: 1550 - 1650