In Chiapas as a whole, where farms are slightly bigger, labour shortages have been a challenge, but these extended family-based communities have been more resilient. As prices and demand have spiked due to shortages, our importer has been able to buy more Chiapas than any past year, and even their base-tier price is the highest in the region. Red Fox has really been looking to build these relationships long-term.
Fundadores is a smaller group that broke off from the same cooperative as Cafe Capitan with the same goals, some of the leadership even being founding members of the larger umbrella cooperative. They work within the pueblos of Plan de Libertad and El Castaño.