“Cup of Excellence 2022 #13 Auction Lot” MEXICO - Los Aguacates Bourbon & Caturra (Washed)
Mexico Cup of Excellence 2022 Auction Lot 13th Place
Mexico - Los Aguacates 100g 88.67 Points
It has a grapefruit-like sweetness and a slightly peel-like freshness, with a savory, caramel-roasted nut and chocolate sweetness on the finish. The pleasant aftertaste is like Earl Grey. This Mexican coffee has the elegance that testifies the quality of winning many awards.
Region: Tenejapa, Chiapas
Farmer: Augstin Lopez Guzman
Variety: Bourbon & Caturra
Agustín López guzmán, I am 30 years old and I am originally from the Sibactel community, my mother tongue is Tzotzil I also speak Spanish, I share my story about my plot and the activities that are currently carried out, it is located on the eastern side of the Sibactel community, with four lots that make up an area of one hectare which is named The Avocados.
The first coffee plantations were made by my grandfather Don Agustín López some 51 years ago with typical varietals such as Typica and Bourbon. After my father cultivated them, luckily this farm was my inheritance. Since I was a child I liked agriculture learning the teachings from my grandfather and my father, to how cultivate the land. I have been working on my farm for 11 years. In my farm I cultivate varietals such as Caturra and Bourbon, having shade from trees such as Chalum, Banana and lime. At the beginning, the harvests were not good since it is a cold area. As time went by the harvest improved since it carried out the activities and its entire production process having as sale option the selling of my harvest to intermediaries. As I did not knew where to sell, I searched and knocked on doors to train myself and thus improve my economy, I interacted with buyers and they liked my coffee and had a better payment, but I never felt comfortable. I tried harder and harder for the quality of my product to be recognized, but the clients were never interested in my effort since I carried out activities and invited them to my plot but they were always busy.
That is when I decided to look for other sources and I found an organization called Union of Ejidos and San Fernando Communities, its objective is based on organic production and the social collaboration of its partners. I organized myself with them and we started a Improvement work on my plot with new activities. I was proud when they told me that my work was good and I only need improvement in some activities of application of compost that I carried out and organic inputs that my organization produces. What I needed most was to improve in the process of benefited since the pulping and fermentation were not adequate and the drying time. After all this, I saw that the quality of my coffee improved a lot since, reaching high notes. The last cycle they invited me to participate and I had the 13th place in the Cup of Excellence Mexico in 2021 and this year I won the 13th position as well. I feel very proud because I know that this effort was worthwhile for other countries to drink and enjoy my coffee, I know that much remains to be done to improve the quality since improving the structures of my beneficio.Since last year, I am currently training in workshops to experimenting new processes, I am also planting new varietals with the idea of improving quality .
As a small producer I take care of and carry out activities to contribute to the environment. Been part of the organization we have FairTrade International certification and Organic Certification (CERTIMEX, NOP, JAS, LOOAA).
Thank you . The coordinates of my farm are: 16°53'81.0 -92°30'54.0