Region: Zongolica, Veracruz, Mexico.
Growing Altitude: 1,250-1,700 masl
Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Sarchimor, Marsellesa
Harvest Period: Jan-March
Milling Process: Washed, sun dried.
JEFA also called WPZ — "Woman Power Zongolica!" — by the 20 women who grew and produced it.
WPZ comes from women in the Zongolica region of Veracruz, Mexico. The region is deeply influenced by the rich, ancestral heritage of its people, most of whom identify as part of the Nahuas indigenous group. Across generations, the Nahuas have shared their language and wisdom about plants, rivers, animals, mountains, the planet and the universe through storytelling by their elders.
Coffee farms in Zongolica are agro-ecosystems, meaning the farms take into account the impact of the farming well beyond the farm and work to balance the energy and nutrients to preserve the region’s biodiversity. Intercropping and forest conservation are among the practiced tactics.
The coffee was pulped with hand-cranked de-pulpers, washed and dried on patios for 15 days. Twenty producers contributed to this lot, and each adhered to the same practices on her own farm.