Zapoteca - Oaxaca, Mexico - Fair Trade, Organic

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Zapoteca - Oaxaca, Mexico - Fair Trade, Organic

18.00

Flavor Profile :  Fudge, Black Cherries, Dark Chocolate
Roast Level : Medium
Process : Washed Process / Sun Dried
Varietal :  Costa Rica 95, Icatu, Sarchimor
Unión de Productores Campesinos Tierra Indígena Zapoteca (UPCTIZ)

In 2011, Oaxacan coffee farmers were facing a catastrophic roya epidemic and many farms were lost. This was a difficult and uncertain time for farmers. During that period Growers First replaced old crop with thousands of new, quality-driven and rust-resistant saplings. They then established a nursery, planted a new root stock, and donated saplings that would replenish the region.

Coffee is life blood of Oaxaca, and for the past several years UPCTIZ co-op has been focused on improving quality through better picking, better processing, and better drying - in turn receiving better pricing. They’ve even started a small scale honey bee program to boost pollination for the new saplings. These are all small farmers whose plots are tucked away into unassuming nooks and hillside pitches throughout the landscape, hidden from the journeyman and major roadways. The co-op was initially formed by a majority of Oaxaca farmers who decided to band together in order to acquire organic and Fair Trade certification. UPCTIZ represents several generations of proud growers and provides a number of benefits and services to its members.

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