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Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico
Altitude: 2,900 – 3,900 feet
Varieties: Bourbon, Mundo Novo & Typica
Process: Washed
Drying: Sun Dried on Patios
Roast: Medium (435)
Notes: Stone Fruit, Honey & Milk Chocolate

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Close your eyes while you sip on this easy drinking cup and see the swirls of orange and red take over your vision.  An effortless, clean cup, this Mexican coffee is best taken black.  Roll out of bed, brew your Oaxaca and enjoy.  The Oaxacan State Producers Network unites small producers throughout the Oaxacan region.  They use the revenue from their Fairtrade sales to provide technical assistance to families, life insurance for members, fund infrastructure improvements and promote women’s organizations.

Mexico’s diverse geography, from the soaring altitudes of the country’s four mountain ranges to the beautiful coastal regions along the Pacific, supports diverse farming practices and a broad variety of crops. Coffee plants were introduced to Veracruz, a state located on the Atlantic coast, in the 18th century. Coffee plants were spread rapidly though out the 12 states of Mexico during the 1980s. Oaxaca is on the Pacific coast is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse states in Mexico. The growing regions of Oaxaca shares much of the same character (altitude, harvest period) as Guatemala’s fertile Huehuetenango region, which lies directly to the east.  Our Mexico boasts a medium to heavy body with dark chocolate and malt tasting notes.  Farmers in the region have begun a transition back to organic farming techniques as a way to achieve self-sufficiency and to create sustainability for their communities. The continued development of a network of Fair Trade farmers’ cooperatives is helping local people slowly improve their quality of life.

Quick Facts:
• Oaxacan farmers are known to separate coffee exceptionally well both before and during processing.
• The Sierre Madra mountain range provides the region with volcanic soils and lush vegetation.
• Oaxaca, along with neighboring state Chiapas, have the largest indigenous populations in the country.
• Organic farming is slowly strengthening local economies and improving nutrition.
• Coffee agriculture in the region is ecologically sustainable and community-driven.