Productores Serranos de Café de Motozintla

Chiapas, Mexico

Exterior Serranos de Motozintla


Our Mexican beans come directly to us from the Productores Serranos de Café de Motozintla co-op in the southern Sierra Madre region of Chiapas. In spite of years of government and private attempts to grab land and dislocate indigenous communities in Chiapas, the farmers of Serranos de Motozintla have managed to hold on and prosper, evolving a highly sought-after specialty crop.

In Chiapas, we have worked for years with local communities on education, health and providing opportunity for victims of the Death Train. At the request of Serranos de Motozintla we have been organizing and funding advanced organic technical training that create improved soil and coffee quality. As a result of this continuing program, high end coffee buyers have been paying premiums for this fantastic coffee (but you can get it for a lot less from us!)

Useful Expressions

'Que? Usted solo ofrece cafe instantaneo aqui?' - What? You only serve instant coffee here?

'Tu eres un gran baillena' - You are a big whale (I thought I said 'great dancer')

Our Mexican Coffees

The large, smooth beans have excellent aroma, medium body and slight acidity. A mellow coffee with a softly sweet flavor.

There are several coffee regions in Mexico and each has slightly different characteristics, but by and large you can count on Mexican coffee to be smooth and round in the mouth, medium acidity, not too bold, whether they come from Chiapas (nutty and sometimes slightly spicy), Vera Cruz (slight cocoa taste), or Oaxaca (almond flavors).

People-Centered Development Projects

Reforestation & Water (2020)

  • We gave the Sexto Sol Center money for reforestation and water conservation projects. 
  • Funding: $3,000

COVID-19 Pandemic Food Rations (2020)

  • Emergency food ration benefitted 79 coffee growers and 237 families.
  • Funding: $7,500

Roya Education & Prevention, Bokashi Compost (2013 - ongoing):

  • Education and support to stop the spread of la roya (coffee leaf rust).
  • Training and implementing sustainable bokashi compost program to improve soil health and carbon restoration.
  • Funding committed to date: $25,000

Bokashi Compost Program

Immigrant Relief (2019)

  • Donated money to support immigrants coming from Mexico.
  • Funding committed: $2,252

Hurricane Relief (2017)

  • Emergency assistance to 23 families for food and home repairs after major Hurricane.
  • Funding: $6,000

Death Train Project (2009)

  • Prosthetics, job training and repatriation of Death Train victims.

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