About This Coffee
The Federación De Sociedades Cooperativas Cafetaleras De La Sierra Madre Fc De Rl (FEDESI) was founded in 2015 out of 6 cooperatives in Mexico. These 6 cooperatives, Café de Altura Hoja Blanca, Unión de Comunidades Solidarias (UCOSOL), Las Abejas Mayas, Comunidades Cafetaleras de Siltepec (COCAFE), Unión de Cafetaleros de la Sierra Siltepec and PRODECAFE (Promoviendo el Desarrollo de las Comunidades Cafetaleras de la Sierra Madre) represent a total of 2,990+ producers who live and farm in Chiapas, Mexico. The federation aims to help farmers reach new markets and garner better prices for their coffees. Their farms are small, about 2.5 hectares on average and sit at 1,200 to 1,700 meters above sea level. Members of FEDESI receive technical assistance and training in Good Agricultural Practices to help them improve their productivity and coffee quality. Farmers can also access prefinancing for their coffee crop.
Harvest & Post-Harvest
Since farms are small, most farm work is done by the family. Farmers selectively handpick ripe, red cherry and process it on their farms. They float their cherry to remove any underripes. Then, they pulp cherry and ferment it in cement tanks for 10 to 16 hours. Some producers have plastic vats as well. Following fermentation, they wash parchment in clean water and lay it to dry on cement patios. They rake parchment frequently to ensure even drying. Its takes approximately 5 to 10 days for parchment to dry.