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Chiapas EK Balam

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CUP PROFILE: Aromas of molasses and cherry lead to a creamy cup of cocoa and sweet toffee that lingers on the tongue.

COUNTRY: Mexico 
: Chiapas 
: 950- 1,650 masl

Ek-Balam was formed in 2019 with 399 members. The vast majority of producers have indigenous roots and continue to speak a native language. Nearly one third of these growers are women who depend on income from coffee to support their families. They cultivate coffee on farms that average just a few acres in size, small enough for each producer to process their own coffee with their own micro-mill.

Ek-Balam provides crucial support to small producers, including helping producers gain access to credit and certifications. Investments for basic infrastructure needs, like road improvements, establishing local warehouses, and operating a dry-mill facility are all coordinated through Ek-Balam, which ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post-harvest process. Their collective efforts have established higher prices and more producer income to support best agricultural practices and improve livelihoods.

Type: Coffee


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