Mexico San Cristobal - Lekil-lum Organic

Apple juice, strawberry, molasses, chocolate
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2023/24
Status Spot
Lot Number P8002462-2
  • 10 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This regional selection is sourced from members of Siembra Abundante co-operative in San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas, southern Mexico. Farmers in this region typically cultivate 1-2ha of land at altitudes ranging between 1,100 and 1,350masl. Standard varieties in San Cristobal are Marsellesa, Costa Rica, Typica and Caturra.

"Lekil-lum" translates to "Healthy Soil" in the indigenous Tzeltal language.

Origin Mexico
Subregion San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
Harvest Season 2023/24
Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1100m - 1350m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Caturra, Costa Rica, Typica, Marsellesa
Coffee Grade MEX CA WA SHG
Screen Size 15 Up
Certifications Organic certified
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

In San Cristobal de las Casas 44% of the population is indigenous, mostly Tzotzil. They wear beautiful handmade clothes, the men dressing in short pants tied with a red cotton belt and a shirt that hangs down to their knees. They also wear leather huaraches and a hat decorated with ribbons. Women typically wear a red skirt, a short huipil blouse, and use a shawl to carry their babies and bundles.

San Cristóbal de las Casas is a Pueblo Mágico in Chiapas. “Pueblo Mágico” (Magic Town) is a designation created by the Mexican government to recognize sites full of symbology, legend, transcendent history; regions that represent the heart of the country’s heritage and national identity. San Cristóbal de las Casas is a colorful town with magic in every corner. The colonial architecture provides visitors with a sense of time travel. Every street tells you a story and the people are full of life and energy.

Not far away, at northwest of San Cristobal de las Casas is the amazing Sumidero Canyon, one of the most impressive and breathtaking views at the region. The vertical walls reach over 1,000 meters and the river that runs furiously through the center of the canyon makes for an enchanting visit.

The Process

Coffee is Chiapas' most important commercial crop and has a long history in the region, becoming a significant source of income for small producers. San Cristobal de las Casas improved their processing over the years which resulted high-quality coffee, typified by a very clean cup with notes of caramel, nuts, and chocolate.

Chiapas is a tropical region with significant variations in weather due in part to dramatic changes in altitude. The soil is very fertile so more than half the population works in agriculture, including coffee beans, cacao, sugar cane, mangos, and bananas. Coffee is grown under the shade of many different indigounous trees.

Producers here have learned how to process their coffee to ensure quality. Only the best cherries are selected for the specialty market. After depulping the coffee ferments for 12 to 17 hours before being washed in channels and dried on small drying patios next to farmers’ homes for 12-14 days.

  • Subregion San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Caturra, Costa Rica, Typica, Marsellesa
  • Min Growing Altitude 1100m
  • Max Growing Altitude 1350m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £7.00
  • Status Spot
  • Certifications Organic certified
  • Coffee Grade MEX CA WA SHG
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002462-2
  • Origin Mexico
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk