Roasted in Slovenia
Mico de noche coffee grows in the highlands of Tapachula in Chiapas, best known as ‘The Pearl of Soconusco.’ The Soconusco is the region where this town settles, located in the south of the State of Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala. Due to its geographical location, this town has been of great importance for the communication and commercialization between Mexico and Central America. In fact, many years ago, this region was disputed between Mexico and Guatemala until the borders were ﬁnally deﬁned and the Province of Soconusco was declared to be part of the state of Chiapas in Mexico.
Tapachula sits on the feet of two volcanos, Tacana and Pico de Loro, so its volcanic soils and diversity of microclimates make it ideal to produce amazing coffee. Additionally, in this region, you can ﬁnd all types of species of ﬂora and fauna, especially the Saraguato Monkey, best known as Mico de Noche because, at nights, coffee growing families hear their strong howl.
Monte Albán coffee grows in the vicinity of the city of Oaxaca. All of these small-scale farmers are organic-certified and produce amazing coffee. Monte Albán refers to the Zapotec ruins, located around 9km from Oaxaca which are the remains of one of the earliest cities in Mesoamerica.
These ruins date back to 500BC and can be seen from everywhere in the Valley of Oaxaca. Monte Albán was an important social and political site for around a thousand years. This is one of Mexico’s most culturally rich archeological sites with the remains of temples, palaces, tall stepped platforms, an observatory with wonderful 360-degree views over the city, without forgetting the valleys and beautiful mountains.
For the coffee growers in this region, specialty coffee production is relatively new, but they are keen to continue learning and improving. They strive to produce coffee with notes of yellow fruits, almonds, citruses, vanilla, and honey.
Who is Malinali?
Known as Malinali or La Malinche, she was a Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf Coast, who played a vital role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, acting as an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. She was one of 20 women slaves given to the Spaniards.
Today's historians give great credit to Marina's diplomatic skills, with some "almost tempted to think of her as the real conqueror of Mexico."
Old conquistadors, on various occasions, would remember that one of her most extraordinary skills had been her ability to convince other Indigenous of what she could see clearly, which was useless in the long run to stand against Spaniards. In contrast with earlier parts of Díaz del Castillo's account, after Marina's diplomacy began assisting Cortés, the Spanish were forced into combat on one more occasion.
La Malinche's legacy is one of myth mixed with legend and the opposing opinions of the Mexican people about the legendary woman. Some see her as a founding figure of the Mexican nation, while others continue to see her as a traitor. Source
Label product description: This coffee is specially prepared for El Merkadito in collaboration with Črno Zrno and roasted by Mala Pražarna in Slovenia.