Mexico GRAPOS Altura
This offering from GRAPOS is a much more fruit forward cup than we've seen out of Chiapas recently. When first brewed these notes lean towards berry and apple with Milk Chocolate, but as it cools it develops into wonderfully sweet cantaloupe note, and on the finish you'll taste a pleasant baking spice.
GRAPOS or Grupo de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentable S.C. is a group of coffee producers in the state of Chiapas in the southern Mexico in an area that borders Triunfo Biosphere Reserve. Located in the highlands and plateaus of the Chiapas region, Mexico, this region is almost entirely forested and includes the beautiful, bio-diverse Lacondón rain forest in the east.
GRAPOS was formed in 2007 and consisted of 90 member farmers. The group now includes over 3,000 member farmers and covers an area including the micro-regions of Soconusco, Siltepec, Porvenir and Tapachula within Chiapas. Coffee from GRAPOS is cultivated on approximately 5,560 hectares and has an altitude range of 1200 – 1500 masl. The harvest season is from November to March.
Members of GRAPOS are mainly smallholder farmers with an average of 3 hectares of land.
There are multiple coffee varieties grown including Bourbon, Caturra, Catuaí, and Typica. On average the coffee trees are 10 – 20 years old and annual production is equivalent to 0.5 metric tons (MT) of green coffee.
GRAPOS is certified Fair Trade and Organic. Additionally, they provide essential services to its members including access to finance, technical assistance and community development programs. Other economic activities of the group include mainly agriculture production of banana, squash, corn, black beans, cocoa and rambutan (a tropical tree that produces fruit of the same name). Members and their families also make handmade textiles for additional sources of income.
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