REGION: Malvarisco & Tierra Blanca, Oaxaca
In the highlands of Mexico, surrounding breathtaking mountains and hidden in the coffee lands, a superb group of women producers is thriving, growing and changing the participation of women across indigenous communities in the municipality of Malvarisco and Tierra Blanca in the state of Oaxaca. These women are the leaders in charge all processes at the farm. In Mexico, the word Disthe means “mujeres del progreso” or women of progress. Undoubtedly, these amazing women embody and present a new mindset that is changing women history in the country. Yet, these women do not work alone, over the years they have involved their daughters and other family members, sharing their life’s work and coffee knowledge.
The coffee farmers who contribute to the El Disthe Limited-Edition coffee own less than one hectare of farmland where they grow the variety Pluma Hidalgo, a typica progeny first cultivated and introduced in 1854 in the country. This coffee is selectively picked and pulped with upmost care at each producer ́s micro-mill, fermented on average for 35 hours or depending on weather patterns. Later, the coffee is transferred to raised beds or straw mats to dry on average for 12 days.
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