Exportadora de Café California

Exporter Exportadora de Café California
Producer Pohlenz Family
Location Borders The Biosphere Reserve El Triunfo.
Altitude (3600-4000 feet) (1100-1250 mts)
Arabica variety Caturra, Catuai
Characteristics Strictly high grown, close bean cut
Harvest period  December through March
Milling process  Washed, Sundried
Preparation European preparation
Aroma Intense, full
Flavor Dark chocolate, tobacco
Sweetness Floral, honey notes
Acidity Bright
Roast Even, closed bean cut
Total Score 84.5


The Pohlenz family has been putting all their efforts to improve their quality year after year. They were able to become Rainforest Alliance certified because of their good practices, growing coffee in a sustainable ecological way, helping and supporting their co-workers in all their needs. The family signed last year as the biggest rainforest reservation area in Mexico in order to preserve Mother Nature. All the production has been certified accordingly as Rainforest Alliance for over eight years.


Finca Custepec was founded by Juan Pohlenz Dieckmann in 1911. The family has been dedicated in the production, milling and exportation of the Highest Altitude Coffee produced in Mexico. Through year 1956, he, his wife and their nine children continued their effort to grow a sustainable and friendly ecological coffee. Finca Alamo was totally replanted 5 years ago, all the new plants are Caturra and Catuai.

Geographical Situation

GPS Coordinates: 15° 43′ 00″ N 92° 58′ 00″ W.
Finca Alamo is located in the high mountains of Chiapas. They border with The Biosphere Reserve El Triunfo, which is the most diverse evergreen forest in Mexico, and one of the most important sites for bird migration. It’s full of endemic plants, and also number of threatened mammalian species can be found in the reserve, such as Geoffroy’s spider monkey, margay, jaguar and puma.

Alamo is a tree that grows in the coffee regions of Chiapas as a native species. It’s used to cultivate shade-grown coffee in the Pohlenz family plantations. The production areas are located over 1,100masl. We have selected a specific area of the farm were the shade trees, the climate and the water supply combined create the perfect microclimate to produce this outstanding coffee.

The Custepec valley, where the farm is located, experiences moderate rains and fewer risks due to hurricane impact compared to the El Soconusco region, where a different coffee cluster is located.