Farm – Finca Muxbal
Altitude – 1600m above sea level
Location – Chiapas, Southern Mexico
Preparation – Wet processed, patio dried / machine dried.
Varietal – Caturra, catuai, mundo novo & pacamara
Owners – Maeggi Rodriguez and her son, Jorge Gallardo
Certification – Rainforest Alliance.
Coffee was introduced to Mexico during the 19th century from Jamaica and since then the country has become the fifth largest producer in the world with an output of around 5 million bags per year. It is grown mainly in the southern states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas. Around 75% of production takes place on small farms of less than two hectares and as such much of the country’s coffee is produced by cooperatives. In addition there are estate grown coffees, particularly in Chiapas, Mexico’s largest coffee producing state and it is from here where this coffee is sourced.
In the local Mame dialect Muxbal means ‘place surrounded by clouds’, and was the name chosen for this unique coffee farm. The farm is managed by mother and son team Maeggi Rodriguez and Jorge Gallardo. It was purchased in 1959 by Maeggi’s father, Don Enrique, a man who was very much a pioneer of his time. He introduced three key principles that remain as important today as they were then: social responsibility, environmental sustainability and the production of very high quality coffee. The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified and in recent audits achieved marks of 100%, the first in Mexico to achieve the perfect mark.
Finca Muxbal cultivates three key varieties – Catuai, Caturra and Mundo Novo and has produced a wonderfully complex coffee. The quality of this coffee is partly due to an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level, with rich and fertile volcanic soils, but also due to the meticulous care and attention taken in all aspects of harvesting and processing.