Chiapas, Mexico: El Buho

specialty coffee mountain with arrow pointing half way up the mountain


ROAST: Medium                       ALT: 1,600-1,850 masl

Flavor Profile: Bakers Chocolate, Lime, Roasted Almond

Producer: Tzeltales
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon, Sarchimor
Process: Washed, sun-dried

El Buho is named for the owl or tecolotl, a symbolically significant animal for the Mayan ancestors of those who produce the coffee today. It is believed that Najuales (shapeshifting witches) were charmed by owls to safeguard their culture. The design chosen for this brand pays homage to the Alebrije, an animal that helps humans cross from this world to the next, marking the completion of their spiritual journey.El Buho is grown in Los Altos, the northeast highlands of Chiapas. Los Altos is a two-hour drive from the capital city of San Cristobal de las Casas, which is celebrated for its culture, cuisine and magical ambiance. The land here is spotted by preserved primary forests, bordering the Lacoandona jungle. It's a lush and fertile area where many Mayan ancestors settled.Tzeltales (Winik Atel) are one such group of indigenous descendants, living self-governed in this remote region. Here, they struggle to preserve their traditions and culture (most speak Tzeltal as their first language), however they lack access to medical assistance, formal education and poverty levels are high. They are the producers of Mexico NKG Bloom El Buho, growing their coffee with sustainable practices in the shade of native species.

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