Mexico Chiapas - Seleccion Motozintla

Toffee, brown sugar, grape, plum
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P609721-3
  • 34 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Within the region of Motozintla, farmers utilize traditional processing and production methods. Each individual farm controls the production of each cherry from the planting of the seeds to the drying of the coffee.

Coffee is taken to elevated surfaces, usually rooftops of the producers' homes, to dry. The region is known for having extremely light rainfall, which allows the farmers to optimize their practices.

Motozintla - from Tzotzil language meaning ‘Squirrell's Hill’ - is in the region of Sierra Mariscal, bordering Guatemala and sharing the healthy and distinctive volcanic soil that provides coffee with characteristic profile and excellent quality. This Organic Certified spot comes from the Motozintla microlot, made up of 496 individual producers. Altitudes reach 1500-1900 masl, and varietals include Typica, Bourbon, Caturra and Catuai.

Country of Origin Mexico
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade MEX CA WA SHG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, Typica
Region Motozintla, Chiapas
Farm Name Various smallholders
Growing Altitude 1500-1900m

History of Coffee in Mexico

With seeds from the Caribbean, cultivation began in Veracruz, where custom house records indicate a few hundred bags of coffee were exported as early as 1802. But these exports were apparently anomalous because after 1805 coffee would not be exported again for twenty years, after the war of independence. Production did increase over this period, presumably for domestic trade and consumption. In 1817, a planter named Don Juan Antonio Gomez started “intensive cultivation” further south, where coffee thrived at high altitudes. By 1826 there were half a million trees in Cordoba and Mexican coffee was being exported.  In 1828, seeds—or possibly plants—from Arabia (Yemen) were planted in Uruapan, near the Pacific coast west of Mexico City, by Jose Mariano Michelena. Trees were brought from Guatemala to be planted in the southern state of Chiapas in 1847, and  Oaxaca would become the third largest producer of Mexican coffee by 1889.  

Growing Coffee in Mexico

Mexican coffee grows in 15 states throughout the southern half of the country but over 90% comes from four states: Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Puebla. Specialty coffee comes from the highlands of Veracruz on the gulf coast, the mountains of Oaxaca and Chiapas at the southern tip of Mexico. In Veracruz coffee grows from 1,100-1,660 m.a.s.l. In Chiapas coffee grows from 1,300-1,700 m.a.s.l. In Oaxaca coffee grows from 900-1,650 m.a.s.l. Coffee is grown by more than half a million farmers, 95% of these being smallholders cultivating less than three hectares and 85% of Mexico’s coffee farmers are indigenous Mexicans. Most Mexican coffee is grown under shade and Mexico is one of the world’s largest producers of certified organic coffee and Fair Trade coffee. Most Mexican coffee is Bourbon, Catura, Maragogype, or Mundo Novo, though other varieties can be found. Mexico grows almost no Robusta.  

  • Status Spot
  • Region Motozintla, Chiapas
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, Typica
  • Coffee Grade MEX CA WA SHG
  • Growing Altitude 1500-1900m
  • Country of Origin Mexico
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P609721-3