MICHIZA

Fast facts

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Founded in 1985
Comprised of 1030 members
Oaxaca, Mexico
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Organic; FLO; SPP 900-1800 meters above sea level
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Arabica: Typica, Caturra  Soft acidity, medium body, vanilla, cocao and nut flavors

MICHIZA began as a small organization linking coffee producers from several ethnic groups across the state of Oaxaca. The name MICHIZA is an abbreviation of these five indigenous groups: Mixtecos, Chinantecos, Chatinos, Cuicatecos and Zapotecos. Today MICHIZA brings together some 1030 small-scale, organic coffee producers, working between one and six hectares of land, in six separate regions and 43 local communities.

The cooperative was created in the spirit of empowering local farmers; supporting their traditional forms of self-government, and connecting their members directly to better, organic and fair trade coffee markets. Initially, MICHIZA coffee was sold only to local markets, often to the intermediaries — known as coyotes in Spanish – who were notorious in the regions for taking advantage of individual farmers with no alternative market options. But in 1989, the organization obtained legal status under the name Yeni Navan, or New Dawn in the Zapoteco language, opening the doors to exporting internationally to North America and Europe.

MICHIZA offers on-going, technical support to its members in order to improve their production capacity in organic agriculture and to oversee best practices in coffee quality controls.

Coop Coffees imported its first container of MICHIZA coffee in 2007. Today, some 900,000 pounds of coffee later, we continue to appreciate the balanced profile of sweet milk chocolate and honey, full bodied and soft acidity from this diverse and dynamic cooperative of indigenous farmers.

MICHIZA strives to enhance the quality of life for its member families and their communities by promoting intensive, organic agricultural, constructing more equitable practices with their trading partners and supporting human development based upon solid intellectual, moral and social values.

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