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Yach'il


Comprised of 685 Members in 5 municipalities
Annual Production of approximately 6.5 containers (260,000 pounds)
All Coffee Organic Certified or in transition.
Founded in 2001, Joined FLO register in 2005.
Group is Organic Certified since 2005.
Altitude of plots between 1,000 and 1,300 ft.


Yachil Xojobal Chu’lchan, which means “new light in the sky” in the Tzeltal language, has members from the Tzotzil and Tzeltal Mayan indigenous groups supportive of the Zapatista autonomous movement working towards respect for indigenous rights. In 2001, Yachil began to organize its first members with 383 producers from the municipalities of Chilon, Pantelho and San Juan Cancuc.

In 2003, Yachil sold its first container to Germany, and in 2004 they sold just over 2 containers to Germany and into the US. They currently are comprised of 685 members in five municipalities (Chanalho, Chalchihuitan, Tenjapa, Cancun, and Pantelho).  They are currently hoping to export 6.5 containers to even more buyers.  Cooperative Coffees is currently the only American importer.

Members of this fair trade coffee cooperative have formed their own local indigenous governments, which focus on community development efforts to promote democracy, equality, and empowerment. Members do not accept government handouts. Over the last decade, members of Yachil have suffered repression at the hands of government security forces and the paramilitary. Many members and their families have been forced to flee their communities as internal refugees and they continue to be victims of oppression, intimidation, and even assassination.


View Yach'il photos at our coop's website

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