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Mexico - Bankilal - Washed

Red Apple, Mixed Spice, Panela

Los Altos de Chiapas is a region predominantly inhabited by Tzeltal indigenous communities. The specialty coffee industry is in awe of the coffee grown in this region, favoured by the advantage of its elevated altitudes. Traditional varieties are still cultivated here, such as Typica and Bourbon, which offer complex attributes in the cup.

The arrival of coffee to the region dates back more than a century, when the indigenous people of Los Altos, who worked during harvest seasons in Soconusco, (Southern Chiapas, bordering Guatemala) adapted the seeds to their own gardens. Peasants planted coffee in small areas of their family gardens, and then it was transplanted to larger plots.

This coffee bears the name Bankilal, inspired by an esteemed figure in Tzeltal culture. Bankilal symbolises the responsibility of the older sibling, who selflessly cares for the younger ones, prioritising the community's well-being above their own interests.

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All our coffee beans are roasted fresh and are best consumed within 6 weeks of roast date. Always reseal in our airtight bag and store at ambient temperature.

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  • profile:Red Apple, Mixed Spice, Panela
  • harvest:2023
  • process:Washed
  • variety:Bourbon, Costa Rica 95, Caturra
  • altitude:1300-1500m
  • area:Tenejapa, Chiapas
  • country:Mexico
  • location:Sierra Sur de Oaxaca
  • sourcing partner:Ensambles