Mexican Fairtrade Organic
GRAPOS, or the Grupo de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentable, is a small coffee producer organization located near the town of Tapachula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The organization represents 2,600 small coffee farmers who work on an estimated 8,000 hectares (acres) of land. Most members come from the communities of Unión Juárez, Cacahoatan and Tapachula, all within Chiapas.
The fair trade market guarantees farmers a better price for their effort and organic coffee growing has meant not only financial salvation, but a new (or rediscovered) respect for the earth and ecological farming practices.
Region: Chiapas, Southern Mexico
Cooperative: GRAPOS (Grupo de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentable S.C)
Variety: Tipica, Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai
Members: 3,253 farmers
Average land size: 3 hectares
Process: Fully washed and sun dried
Altitude: 900 – 1600 meters above sea level
Tasting notes: Clean, sweet, vanilla, nutty, light pear notes
Certification: Fairtrade and organic