Caliber Mexico MOCABE Organic Beans Light Bag/340 g
Mexico MOCABE 340 G
Roast: Light / Notes: plum / brown sugar / licorice / Certified: Organic
A group of farmers in the municipality of Motozintla de Mendoza, in Chiapas, Mexico, began working together in 1999, and by 2000 had officially formed the Movimiento Campesiono de Delisario SPR de R.L. cooperative—or MOCABE.
They founded MOCABE as a Social Solidarity Society emphasising social and environmental improvements. 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 thus improve the health of coffee farmers and their families.
At that time, 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 an office in the community of Belisario Dominguez, as well as purchase two trucks with capacities of 2.5 metric tons.
Today, 501 members farm 935 hectares and have brought economic, social, and environmental improvements to their communities. Fair Trade certification is their next goal to command even better prices for the members.
Members of the co-op call themselves “Mochós,” roughly translated “there’s nothing here.” The story goes that when Spanish colonizers arrived and asked the name of the place, the local people replied, “Mochó, mochó!”
This MOCABE Organic coffee was harvested between December and March. Each producer washed his or her own coffee, dried it in the sun on patios and then delivered it to the co-op. Light roasted by the master roaster at Caliber, this coffee reveals notes of plum, brown sugar and a subtle hint of licorice.