Tenejapa is considered as one of the jewels of Mexican coffees. The high altitude, humid and sunny climate make the region very likely to give nice cherries. In Tenejapa, AMSA (Atlantic Specialty sister company) is investing money and efforts to help the local producers to cultivate and produce better, in order to reach international specialty standards.
Pedro Lopez inherited the land from his father which helped him to generate income for his family (his coffee is both for sale and self-consumption). His hardest challenge is to give maintenance to their old plantations in the future. He wants to renew a part of the plot to get good crops and deliver a good quality product.
Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Cream
This lot was processed in Pedro’s wet mill and then processed in San Cristobal de las Casas dry mill owned by AMSA. In San Cristobal, cuppers found this coffee enough excellent to be separated from the rest of the lot to create a smaller lot. In cup, this coffee presents nice creamy and caramelly notes.
San Cristobal is Chiapas’ gateway to the main coffee region of Mexico hardly accessible due to its mountains, its local communities (many parts of Chiapas do not speak Spanish) with their own rules and social organizations. But the effort is worth it.
North Chiapas has observed good rains this year which allowed coffee plants to produce many cherries per tree.