Mexico Chiapas - Seleccion La Concordia Water Efficiency Project

Brownie, almond Rocca, red fruits
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
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Lot Number P611023-3
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About This Coffee

During this season's harvest in the Villa Corzo area, Covoya's origin operations launched a Water Usage Efficiency Project that introduced the use of six eco-friendly wet mills, alongside training and assistance with overall efficiency, with an eye toward maintaining quality. The results are encouraging -- with the 465 growers (24% women) and 1,171 hectares of coffee plantings covered by the project, we saw four times less water compared with traditional pulping methods. 

The Concordia region is renowned for producing excellent coffee due to its agroclimatic conditions of the area – altitude, soils, biodiversity, and most importantly, the people, who through effort and care produce the “Oro Verde”.

The small farmers in this region have an advantage during the harvest season, as the weather is cold with little rain which leads to extended fermentation periods (12-17 hours), and longer drying periods where the coffee can be sun dried in their yards or on their zarandas. All these factors combined improves the cup quality of the region, where conservation of environment and sustainable coexistence between coffee producing activities and the flora and fauna surrounding them is most important.

Country of Origin Mexico
Region La Concordia, Chiapas
Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
Farm Name Various producers
Processing Washed
Processing Description 12-17hrs fermentation, sun-dried on patios
Growing Altitude 1400m - 1900m
Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon, Catimor, Caturra, Typica, Marsellesa, Oro Azteca, Pluma Hidalgo, Sarchimor

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.  

  • Region La Concordia, Chiapas
  • Farm Name Various producers
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description 12-17hrs fermentation, sun-dried on patios
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon, Catimor, Caturra, Typica, Marsellesa, Oro Azteca, Pluma Hidalgo, Sarchimor
  • Min Growing Altitude 1400m
  • Max Growing Altitude 1900m
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  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade MEX CA WA SHG
  • CTRM Contract Number P611023-3
  • Country of Origin Mexico
  • Warehouse Continental NJ