Dana Montana is an Organic Mexican profile coffee. While it is traceable down to a group of producers, the specific group may change from year to year depending on availability, as well as our desire for a consistent cup quality. The profile was named after one of our traders, Dana, who manages sourcing and purchasing in Mexico. On her first visit to Mexico, our exporting partner Andreas Kassumaul of Exportadora Cafe California gave Dana the nickname of Dana Montana (Dana is pronounced in Spanish as Dah-na, not Day-na) after learning that she spent much of her life living in Montana and used to ride horses. Andreas then surprised us by having a special logo printed on the bags, which is a photo he found of Dana on a horse from many years ago. Since both horses and mules are extremely prevalent in rural Chiapas (both for transportation and moving crops), the logo and name stuck.
For the 2018/19 harvest, Dana Montana Especial comes to us from two producer groups in Chiapas. The first lot (P9325) is produced by the MOCABE (Movimiento Campesino de Belisario) producers, who are located in Motozintla, Siltepec, Chiapas. MOCABE started their activities as a small group of farmers in 1999 and established themselves legally in 2000. Their main goals were to access credit loans for production improvement and trade, receive better pricing for their coffees and create new opportunities for small coffee farmers in their community. Since then, they have grown to 501 member partners, who collectively have 935 hectares of coffee. The members of this group call themselves “Mochos” and the word translates to “there is nothing”. Story has it that when the Spanish colonizers arrived, they asked the inhabitants of the area for the name of the region. In effort to deter them from settling there, the Mochos replied “Mocho, Mocho”. Mocho people are farmers in every sense of the word, primarily producing for self-consumption. They sow corn, beans and coffee and have successful trades with other indigenous groups in their close neighboring country of Guatemala.
The second lot (P9458) is produced by the Organización de Cafetaleros la Concordia or CAFECO who are located in the municipality of La Concordia, Chiapas. The organization was founded in 1995 by a group of 200 producers who were hoping to improve the economic stability in the region by producing higher quality coffees. Prices during this time were low and volatile, and many people in the area were turning towards other crops in the hopes of a better life. CAFECO exported conventional coffees until 2013 when they obtained organic certification. CAFECO is currently comprised of 264 producers, whose combined land totals 1154 hectares. Producing primarily Caturra, Catuai and Sarchimor, their coffee is grown between 1000 and 1600 masl. The organization is currently in a renovation program and are constantly striving towards improving cup quality as well as teaching and promoting organic coffee culture.