Sierra Azul is a small cooperative composed of around 200 smallholder farmers living within the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in Mexico's Chiapas State. Sierra Azul means 'Blue Mountains' and comes from the tree covered mountains that are a dime a dozen in around the farms where cooperative members cultivate this coffee.
The Cooperative was founded in 2010 with the goal of improving livelihoods in coffee growing communities across the municipality of Siltepec. They also are committed to producing the best quality, certified specialty coffee. Starting with just 37 producers, the group has gone only continued expanding in size. Today, instead of selling their coffee for low or erratic prices to local buyers, members from 14 communities are earning higher prices and have secure markets for their production. They also benefit from a wide range of social programs that the cooperative has initiated.
Decaf gets a bad rap because historically it was never well-grown green and typically is roasted too hot and too fast. However, if you start with great coffee and roast it with the decaf processing in mind, you experience the unique joy of origin. Thanks to Lima and the Mountain Water Processing, all those unique flavours of Chiapas shine bright! In the cup you find a complex mix of sticky black cherry, fuji apple and creamy milk chocolate with a big body and lush graham cracker and vanilla finish.
For espresso, use a 1:2.3 ratio in 32-35 seconds.
Fuji Apple, Vanilla & Golden Grahams.
Siltepec, Chiapas State.
200 smallholder farmers.
Bourbon, Mundo Novo, Typica.
Sally at Cafe Imports.
$11.15 USD per Kilogram.
(This is the price before transport costs including shipping, brokerage, etc.)
Two Harvests (2022 & 2023).