Fair Trade and Volcanic* Grown Oaxaca, Mexico - 12 ounce bag
The cup is uniquely Oaxacan – sweet with notes of orange-citrus, very clean and good acidity. This new crop consists of Costa Rica 95, Icatu and Sarchimor varietals—all crossbred hybrids, engineered to produce consistently good yields with extended life expectancies and strong disease resistance that are best suited for Oaxaca’s microclimate.
Coffee is the life blood of Oaxaca, and for the past several years the Unión de Productores Campesinos Tierra Indígena Zapoteca (UPCTIZ co-op for short) 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 scale farmers whose plots are tucked away into unassuming nooks and hillside pitches throughout the landscape. The co-op was initially formed by a majority of Oaxacan farmers who decided to band together in order to acquire organic and Fair Trade certification. The UPCTIZ growers are able to achieve equitable and fair premiums that are stable and far in excess of the Fair Trade minimums. UPCTIZ represents several generations of proud growers from 13 different villages that have worked the same land for decades. The co-op headquarters is located in nearby San Miguel, where it maintains an arabica greenhouse and provides a number of benefits and services to its members.