Since the Roya outbreak of Mexico’s 2015 harvest, the situation for coffee farmers in Oaxaca has been bleak. Coffee yields have fallen 80% as a result of the disease, causing many cooperatives in Oaxaca to dissolve. The farmers that produced these Oaxaca Single Village coffees are groups of enterprising producers who have persevered in this challenging era without cooperative membership and its accompanying organic certification, re-engineering their farms to achieve new heights of production and better coffee quality than ever before. Each lot in our Single Village line comes from a single region within Oaxaca, as indicated by the lot name.
After trying these coffees, we’re sure you’ll share native Oaxacan and SH Chief Coffee Officer Jorge Cuevas’ enthusiasm for the program to highlight distinct micro-growing areas: “Single Village Oaxaca coffee is a unique selection from my home state. Sourced directly in partnership with individual growers and community groups, Single Village coffees display a unique terroir and character that make them stand out on any cupping table. Inspired by the famed Mezcal culture of Oaxaca, Sustainable Harvest Single Village coffees showcase the most distinct micro-climates of Oaxaca's diverse cultural and geographical regions.”
Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH) farmers live in the buffer zone of the El Triunfo biosphere reserve where organic coffee farming is one of the few sanctioned activities in the delicate cloud forest habitat. Organic farming is strongly promoted, resulting in the certification of more than sixty percent of the organization’s members. In total, members have 1,250 hectares under organic coffee cultivation. Premiums are used to support a community savings bank to facilitate member access to financing.
Sicobi, which stands for Sistema Comunitario para el Resguardo y Manejo de la Biodiversidad (Community System for Protecting and Managing Biodiversity), was founded in 2010 by the non-governmental organization GAIA. Sicobi has a unique way of organizing growers. While the organization doesn’t work with all coffee growers in the surrounding communities, it has established policies and rules for the entire territory the communities are in. Sicobi enforces its policies through a board consisting of local authorities, and through this territorial management it aims to preserve biodiversity in the community.
The roughly 1000 members of Majomut belong to the indigenous groups Tsotsil and Tzeltal, and named the cooperative after the area, which means "place of the birds" in the native Tsotsil language. Majomut was founded in 1983 after farmers in the area began to organize around organic production. On average, the cooperative members farm one hectare of land, counting on their families and their neighbors to help each other during the harvest.