Cuzalapa is the site of a very
old shade grown coffee plantation that grows organic
Arabica beans. Cuzalapa is a little over an hour from
Melaque off highway 80 to the south-east of La Huerta on the
northern edge of the Manantlan Biosphere Reserve.
The coffee is grown under the shade of a large
variety of other trees and the women of the Cooperative offer an
hour long walking tour. They will tell you about the many
plants, trees, herbs and even some of the human stories related
to the area and their ancestors that lived there. Take some
repellant for the tour.
The coffee crop is late this year due to colder
temperatures but they did have a few kilos for us. It's a
good idea to call first if your are going for coffee and not
just to visit the area. Later in the year there will be
plenty after the gringos leave and there is less of a market.
The season can run from December through May/June. The
women also sell clothing, honey, Jamica and preserves.