Guadalupe Miramar, Mexico
The primary language and indigenous culture in Yucuhiti is Mixteca, one of 16 different indigenous communities and languages in the state of Oaxaca alone. The Sierra Mixteca producer association, based in Santa Maria Yucuhiti, Oaxaca, is an organized group of about 150 active farmer members. The mountainous coffee growing area in Yucuhiti is one of the highest altitude growing regions in the state starting around 1450 masl and topping out around 1900 masl. Each producer’s parchment lot is kept separated over the course of the harvest and sent in for pre-screening on moisture content, water activity, and cup quality at least 3 times before being grouped into community lots.
A few kilometers up the dirt road from Miramar is the San Pedro Yosotatu community. A small group of neighboring farmers within the co-op approached us early in the harvest with interest to separate their coffee and directly participate in the conversations around quality selection and improvement, as well as negotiate the corresponding price premiums we could pay. This is a subgroup of about 20-30 farmers that are mostly all women, led by a woman named Madelina Lopez. A major initiative being led by the co-op is replanting of top quality varieties and maintaining nurseries in select areas around the community and distributing seedlings to members. This is where we find the origin and understand the care and passion that goes into the harvest of our Guadalupe Miramar.
Madelina Lopez (leader), others
4,757 - 6,070 ft
Drip, Pour Over
Citrusy, Spicy, Tropical Fruit