This coffee is Fair Trade and Organic certified and comes from the Grapos Cooperative in the Chiapas region of Mexico.
GRAPOS, or the Grupo de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentable, is a small coffee producer organization located near the town of Tapachula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. The organization represents 2,600 small coffee farmers who work on an estimated 8,000 hectares (acres) of land. Most members come from the communities of Unión Juárez, Cacahoatan and Tapachula, all within Chiapas.
The fair trade market guarantees farmers a better price for their effort and organic coffee growing has meant not only financial salvation, but a new (or rediscovered) respect for the earth and ecological farming practices.