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Country:Mexico
Region:Oaxaca
Producer:Madelina Lopez (leader), others
Farm:Guadalupe Miramar
Altitude:5,250 - 6,070
Varietals:Bourbon, Typica
Harvest:February 2018
Production Method:Washed

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12 ounce

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Country:Mexico
Region:Oaxaca
Producer:Madelina Lopez (leader), others
Farm:Guadalupe Miramar
Altitude:5,250 - 6,070
Varietals:Bourbon, Typica
Harvest:February 2018
Production Method:Washed
The primary language and indigenous culture in Yucuhiti is Mixteca, one of 16 different indigenous communities and languages in the state of Oaxaca alone. The Sierra Mixteca producer association, based in Santa Maria Yucuhiti, Oaxaca, is an organized group of about 150 active farmer members. The mountainous coffee growing area in Yucuhiti is one of the highest altitude growing regions in the state starting around 1450 masl and topping out around 1900 masl.
Each producer’s parchment lot is kept separated over the course of the harvest and sent in for pre-screening on moisture content, water activity, and cup quality at least 3 times before being bulked into community lots.
A few kilometers up the dirt road from Miramar is the San Pedro Yosotatu community where a small group of neighboring farmers within the co-op approached us early in the harvest with interest and desire to separate their coffee and directly participate in the conversations around quality selection and improve- ment and negotiate the corresponding price premiums we could pay. This is a sub group of about 20-30 farmers that are mostly all women, and led by a woman named Madelina Lopez.
A major initiative being led by the co-op is replanting of top quality varieties and maintaining nurseries in select areas around the community and distributing seedlings to members.
An interesting dynamic that has come into play with coffee growers in this area is that many or most of the male farmers had "abandoned" their plots to go work as migrant farmworkers in the US for many years. Only recently since 2011/2012 have they been returning to permanently live and re-invest in their coffee farms and community to manage as their primary source of income, bringing back some irrigation and other practices and techniques learned working on apple, pear, asparagus, onion, and berry farms in the Pacific Northwest and California. In addition to coffee in Yucuhiti, there is a new emphasis on beekeeping and honey production in the area as well.

$19.00

12 ounce

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