Coffee from Chiapas Mexico is grown in the highlands with an average rainfall of 120 inches per year. Many farmers and their families live in ejidos, or communal land holding cooperatives, where growers often travel by foot an hour or more over rough terrain in order to cultivate their land. Then heavy sacks of cherries are carried down the mountain, on their backs, to hand processing facilities. It is a difficult task to bring us this wonderful coffee.
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.