Mexique
Small Growers

Mexico

Mexico is overflowing with coffee-growing areas. Malongo is something of a Mexico expert and after several prospecting campaigns, has launched multiple partnerships and established long-lasting two-way relationships with some cooperatives.

Malongo & Mexico
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UCIRI

WHERE IT ALL STARTED FOR MAX HAVELAAR

In the south of the country, in the Oaxaca region, the Tehuantepec isthmus is home to the cooperative which founded fair trade and the Max Havelaar label: UCIRI. As a Malongo partner since 1992, this cooperative has played a key role in our commitment to ethical coffee.

The cooperative is currently facing economic difficulties, mainly due to a coffee rust epidemic, and the earthquake which severely affected the country, and has been able to rely on the support of Malongo and its Foundation. Thanks to financial aid and the efforts of personnel, a plant able to produce jams and juices and a poultry farm, among other units, have been set up.

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  • 1800
    growers
  • 27 tonnes
    purchased by Malongo
  • 1992
    LAUNCH DATE FOR THE PARTNERSHIP

OCOZACA

king OF ORGANIC COFFEE

In the Mexican state of Veracruz, at Zacamitla, 17 small growers, members of OCOZACA, have successfully completed some remarkable innovations in organic coffee growing, reaching the spectacular output of 10 tons per hectare!

These formidable results have led many Mexican coffee growers to come and study their processes. Malongo invited some of its members to travel to other producing countries in order to spread these methods worldwide and encourage the development of OCOZACA and its drive to pass knowledge on.

Incafesam

A FEDERATION OF COOPERATIVES

The INCAFESAM federation was created in 2013 and is supported by the Malongo Foundation. The federation includes 9 cooperatives from the Veracruz and Puebla States (including the OCOZACA cooperative) growing organic coffee on shady plantations. These entities decided to work together to reach profitable volumes for export. Replantation and tasting training programmes were organised for growers. Coffee is grown at an altitude of between 1000 and 1800 metres.

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  • 400
    growers
  • 93 tonnes
    purchased by Malongo
  • 2013
    LAUNCH DATE FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
Coffee & Biodiversity

Mexico is part of the “Mesoamerican Biological Corridor” project, which aims to protect biological connections between 600 protected areas in the region as well as maintain the exceptional levels of biodiversity in the area. These mountain ecosystems frequently offer ideal and shady conditions for coffee growing.

 

CICADES

A UNIQUE CENTRE IN THE WORLD

CICADES was founded in 2014 thanks to a partnership between Malongo, Chapingo university and the OCOZACA growers cooperative, and aims to develop and pass on the best organic coffee growing practices. This centre can offer training and research options which are unique worldwide, focusing on intensive organic farming techniques.

The project was launched based on the determination to share the experience and expertise of scientists and local coffee growers with producers from all over the planet. The CICADES centre also proposes commercial and legal assistance. For example, it helped to create INCAFESAM.

 

 

 

Its motto is: Nobody knows everything, everybody knows something
Its motto is: Nobody knows everything, everybody knows something

EL TRIUNFO

THE BIODIVERSITY COFFEE

In the south east of the country, near to the Guatemalan border, the CESMACH cooperative produces a high-quality Arabica coffee at the El Triunfo reserve. The coffee trees are grown at the heart of an ecosystem, which is home to exceptional biodiversity, according to environmentally-friendly farming techniques.

In parallel, the cooperative works extensively to reforest the area as well as protect and identify fauna and flora. Malongo supports the cooperative via several projects: the creation of a firm to simplify export operations, an organic fertiliser manufacturing centre and a nursery.