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Rosalba Cifuentes

Light roast

Rosalba Cifuentes
Chiapas, Mexico
Notes of red apple, maple and sautéed peach

* ROASTED ON November 17,2020

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After she spent a part of her life chasing opportunities on the American west coast,
Rosalba Cifuentes Tovia returns to her home town, in Bella Vista Mexico, to help her
family export their coffee. She then realizes she could sell at a much better price by
providing more traceability and more information to buyers. She sees this as a way
to help the community prosper.

The rurality and geographical distance to urban centres hinder the development of
the local economy. This makes Bella Vista an unfortunate fair representation of
Chiapas, the poorest state in Mexico. The addition of a rising number of widows as
well as single mothers makes this region more vulnerable to poverty.

Based on her knowledge of the then current situation, Rosalba Cifuentes founded
the export company Mayan Harvest Coffee to support smallholders in the area, to
improve their agricultural practices and the livelihoods for their families by obtaining
higher prices for their coffees. Among these producers, a group of women combine
their harvests and their efforts to offer this lot called Grupo de Mujeres : a blend of
Typica, Bourbon and Caturra varieties. They grow at an elevation of 1,500m to
1,750m in altitude , in a very humid climate (reaching close to 100% humidity
everyday). This renders a really delicate and sweet cup.

Thanks to Balam Coffee Project’s mediation, we discovered a brave and determined
businesswoman, Rosalba Cifuentes, who slowly but surely manages to add value to
her native lands and to the labor of her peers.

This coffee is wet processed, which means it’s been depulped, fully demucilaged
and washed before the drying phase. In the cup, we loved its notes of maple sap,
jam and seared peaches.

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