Mexico MocabeThe WestBean Coffee Roasters
Malt Chocolate | Graham Cracker | Black Cherry
Region: Motozintla de Mendoza municipality of the Chiapas region in Mexico
Altitude: 1,350 masl
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuaí
Process: Washed, sun-dried on patios
In 1999, a group of farmers in the municipality of Motozintla de Mendoza, in Chiapas, Mexico, began working together, and in 2000 they officially formed the Movimiento Campesiono de Delisario SPR de R.L. cooperative — or more simply, MOCABE.
They founded MOCABE as a Social Solidarity Society (SSS), a legal distinction, making clear that the intention of the group is to be a source of social and environmental improvement. Founding tenets for MOCABE were to provide:
- access to credit loans for producers;
- better coffee prices;
- new opportunities for particularly smallholder producers;
- and to reduce pollution levels and so improve the health of coffee farmers and their families.
In 2000, MOCABE sought outside help to develop an internal control system for organic production, and in 2004 it became a certified National Organic Program (NOP) by Organic Crops Improvement International (OCIA).
In 2010, MOCABE was able to build its own facility, a coffee warehouse and office in the community of Belisario Dominguez, as well as purchase two trucks with respective capacities of 2.5 metric tons.
Today, 501 members farm 935 hectares and have brought economic, social and environmental improvements to their communities. Looking ahead, their next goal is to achieve Fair Trade Organic certification, to further increase the prices available to members.