Sibactel
Sibactel

Sibactel

A crisp washed lot from Cafeólogo’s community wet mill Sibactel in Chiapas, Mexico

  • Red apple, Cocoa, Earl Grey
  • Producer: Sibactel Farmers
  • Region: Chiapas
  • Altitude: 1750 masl
  • Varietal: Caturra, Bourbon
  • Process: Washed
  • Harvest: April 2020
  • Optimal brew beyond: Filter 7 days | Espresso 21 days.
  • RRP for 250 g: 159 kr.
  • RRP for 1 kg: 600 kr.

    About the coffee:

    Cafeólogo is a project by Jesús Salazar, focussing mainly on indigenous coffee growers in the area around San Cristobal de las Casas in central Chiapas, the southernmost region of Mexico. San Cristobal is located rather close to the border with Guatemala, and is in fact only around 200 km or about a 5 hour drive from San Marcos Huista in Huehuetenango, where we have purchased several coffees in the past, including from Ana Ramirez. Starting in 2010, Jesús initially worked with 4 small producers in order to supply his own roastery. One of these producers, Pedro Vasquez, told Jesús that he had spoken with many producers who were interested in working this way, creating high quality lots to sell to international buyers at better prices. One of the main challenge of this was working together with very different groups of people in this very diverse region. Rural Chiapas, like Huehuetenango, is mainly inhabited by descendants of Mayan peoples, but even within these communities there are deep cultural divides, often based on political ideologies. Creating a community space where these people can meet on the same level, gathering around a common goal, has been one of the most rewarding parts of Cafeólogo’s work. Jesús’ team have had to learn the local Mayan dialects, and only through this are they able to work directly to improve conditions for these producers by creating added value microlots. The wider industry here limits these producers’ access to knowledge, education, investment, and to the wider coffee market, effectively limiting their horizons and perpetuating a neo-colonial coffee chain. Cafeólogo feel that this area has a great potential, and the producers here have everything the need to create sustainable businesses in the coffee market, if only they are given access to it. Providing this access is Cafeólogo’s goal, alongside creating a gathering space for the community. 


    Initially, Cafeologo worked with a small number of producers in the San Pedro area, buying their processed parchment coffee. However, as the project started to grow, Jesus realized that quality controlling all of these farmers’ work was going to be very difficult for the project, and would limit the number of producers they could work with. They, therefore, took the decision to buy coffee from the producers as ripe cherry, and undertake all of the processing at Beneficios Comunitario Sibactel and San Pedro, which now serve around 140 producers. For these cherries, the project pays the same price as for a high-quality processed coffee, so their income is not reduced, but their cost of production and level of risk is. This also allows them to focus on the agronomical aspects of coffee production. One of the main ways to add value to coffee is through careful and innovative processing, and it was due to this that Jesús undertook his education as a Q-processor allowing him to plan and oversee the processing protocols together with members of the community. One of the engineers employed by Cafeólogo, Enrique, lives at Sibactel full time. He organises visits to all of the producers and their parcels of land, providing support and education on topics such as coffee physiology, nutrition, pests and diseases, organic practices, and quality control. This washed lot has a profile similar to some of the lots we have purchased from producers just across the border in Huehuetenango, with crisp apple acidity backed up by a deep sweetness and delicate tea-like character.

     

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      Weight Price/pc. Qty.
      250g 88,90 DKK
      1kg 311,40 DKK