MEXICAN DECAF OTILIO MONTAÑO Fair-Trade Organic, Mountain Water Process decaffeination
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ABOUT THE COFFEE:
Cupping notes: Medium citric acidity, medium body, smooth, lemon and chocolate
Cultivation: Shade-grown in the Sierra Madre mountains of Chiapas, near the Guatemalan border. The environmental diversity of mountains and valleys provides soil rich with calcium and limestone, creating a high quality coffee product.
Varieties: Typica, Caturra, Bourbon
Elevation: 5,900 feet
Processing: Washed, sun-dried
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO GROW IT: This coffee is grown in the Sierra Madre mountains (pictured at left) of Chiapas, Mexico near the Guatemalan border, a region that has traditionally suffered from poor infrastructure, unemployment, high illiteracy rates, and low life expectancy. Local coffee farmers from diverse ethnic groups have formed associations that support each other in coffee production and other concerns.
The Unión de Ejidos "Profesor Otilio Montaño" is an organization started in 1989 and legally unionized in 1993 as a group of growers producing shade-grown coffee in a high-altitude region of Chiapas, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, quality, and access to education for themselves and nutritional inputs for their plants. The organization has 650 coffee-producing members and 50 members who are beekeepers. There are about 70 communities represented in the organization, covering five municipalities. The indigenous Mayan cooperative members use traditional knowledge as their basis for organic farming methods, in addition to trainings financed through Fair Trade premiums.
This coffee is decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Process, which naturally eliminates more than 99% of the caffeine from the green beans.
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