“As a woman I was frustrated to see how women in my hometown were treated. It was infuriating. So I thought, why are we not recognizing their hard work with higher prices? Women work hard and are burdened with homemaking and childcare on top of field work.”
- Rosalba Cifuentes, Mayan Harvest Coffee
I am thrilled to offer a new collaboration with Mother Tongue Coffee! This coffee was roasted by Jen Apodaca - founder of Mother Tongue Coffee and #ShesTheRoaster, and 2019 US Cup Tasters Champion.
Jen and I are very excited about this coffee for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s Delicious. I first tried it as espresso and it was so sweet I yelled. Imagine dipping a fresh granny smith apple into melted caramel, and then dipping that in brown sugar!
The first 15 bags of this surreally good coffee will ship with a special extra: a seed packet from Pollinator Project, founded by longtime coffee pro and beekeeper Chelsea Thoumsin. Each packet contains 100 non-GMO wildflower seeds to brighten up your summer.
Want to learn about this coffee? Ok, buckle up!
The coffee was grown by the Bella Vista Women’s Group located in the Bella Vista municipality in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. It was imported by Mayan Harvest, founded by Rosalba Cifuentes who hails from Bella Vista. To create this special lot, Mayan Harvest separated out coffees produced by the 42 women they work with - most of whom grow coffee on plot sizes of four hectares (about ten acres) or less.
“In the area, machismo predominates so the [women] producers are isolated,” says Rosalba. “Taking this as a starting point, we want to try to improve the image of the producers by creating this group in order to promote their work.”
Through Mayan Harvest, Rosalba meets regularly with coffee growers in and around Bella Vista to stay updated on their needs. She describes Mayan Harvest’s strategy thusly: “Higher prices always. Local employment. Recognition for hard work. Listening to each needs. Helping each other.” This year, Mayan Harvest was able to pay 25% above market price to everyone they worked with, and 30% more to women growers.
More exciting news: Mayan Harvest is collaborating with importer Royal Coffee to study production costs on the farms that Rosalba works with. Understanding the cost of production is crucial to improving pricing structures, and it's a complex undertaking - costs vary wildly from grower to grower, depending on plot size and other factors. The data from Mayan Harvest's study will be incredibly helpful in shaping equitable prices for green coffee in Chiapas.
If you’re interested in trying more coffee from Bella Vista, Jen is offering a different lot on mothertonguecoffee.com! While you’re on her site, you can also learn how Mother Tongue is helping small coffee companies get off the ground.
Our first roast is TUESDAY 6/25, shipping the next day. To be included in that roast, please order by 5PM MONDAY 6/24. Each bag contains 8 oz of freshly roasted coffee.
This item is priced on a sliding scale. Just choose the price that is comfortable for you. My goal is to make each item as accessible as possible, to folks from all different parts of the coffee industry. It works because the community truly observes the honor system: those who are able to pay more make it possible for others with less resources to pay less.
Every order is hand-packed with care by me, Umeko, in my bedroom in West Oakland. Profits from most sales go toward my labor for packing, shipping, admin, design, and writing (check my coffee blog!) - *except* for products labeled Solidarity.
For these items, 100% of profits go to the nonprofit organization named in the product description. All Solidarity items are marked with a 💞.
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