Region: Sierra and Frailesca, Chiapas
Producer: 212 women farmers
Variety: Sarchimor, Caturra
Profile: Milk Chocolate, Roasted Almond, Vanilla, Cream
The silver lining to Mexico’s coffee rust epidemic and workforce migration away from abandoned coffee farms in the 2010s was the shift in social norms for women in agriculture. In traditional cultural roles, women often had limited access to resources, education, employment, and decision-making, even though they’ve always played an essential part in farming, entrepreneurship, and preservation of cultural heritage. This left female coffee farmers particularly vulnerable to inequality and exclusion.
The 212 Chiapas-area women growers who contributed coffee to this lot work just 1.8 hectares of land on average. They are smallholders, but they are united in their effort to eliminate gender inequality and expand economic opportunities for women in Mexico.
Coffee from Chiapas, the southernmost state in Mexico where the climate is humid and tropical, is distinguished for its delicate flavors and brisk acidity. Café de Mujer’s pineapple, berry, and mild caramel flavors pair beautifully with a bright passionfruit and citrus acidity. We consider it an exquisite showcase of the effort and talents these women have put into their product.