SICOBI (Sistema Comunitario para el Resguardo y Manejo de la Biodiversidad, or Community System for Protecting and Managing Biodiversity) was founded in 2010 by biologists and is located in the Sierra Sur in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The group has policies and rules for the preservation of biodiversity and the environment in which it operates. They manage coffee growers from eight different communities, totaling over 500 farms, and the biologists of SICOBI work in each community using data to determine how to best optimize the use of natural resources in the area. Farmers working with SICOBI grow mainly Pluma Hidalgo coffee plants, a type of Typica, but Caturra and Mundo Novo are also grown. Sicobi has a singular cup profile. While its coffees are 100% washed process, they profile similar to a natural coffee. This happens because of the natural conditions of the area, particularly the very dry landscape that creates a micro-climate. Additionally, Sicobi’s growers ferment their coffee in wooden tanks, which helps give the coffee the profile of a natural.
Galguera Gomez, founded in 1932 is a family business dedicated to the production and commercialization of high-quality green coffee in the regions of Oaxaca. Their goal is to support producers by providing training, technical support and fair payments so that they obtain a high quality harvest, in order to ensure sustainable development of each of the coffee regions; directly benefiting the local economy.