México – Finca Cascadas
Region: Motozintla, Chiapas
Producer: Various Small Holders
Altitude: 1100 – 1600 masl.
Coffee varieties: Bourbon, Catuai & Marsellesa
Drying: African Beds
Cupping notes: Milk Chocolate, Cashew, Vanilla
Cupping score: 85
The farm is owned and run by small holders, each small holder owns a share of this Finca located at Motozintla, Cascadas is named for the many waterfalls around the finca, nevertheless for long time it was called by the previous owner, Finca Bélgica, but this Finca was forgotten for many years and was then taken over by a group of dedicated smallholders, who have improved the soil and the harvesting techniques which impact the coffee quality.
After this success smallholders decided to take over sister farms in the surroundings of Motozintla, Chiapas, and as a result a farm that was not known for quality coffee, became COE winner in the span of 3 years, therefore some producers need to be taken seriously.
The region has a social development projects going on, for the people who live in the surrounding areas. Their main operations outside of coffee are the Ichthus School, a boarding school for underprivileged children, affordable financing offered to producers, and working with the community and government leaders to improve infrastructure, education, and health.
These operations are funded by the government and the sales of their coffee.