La Josie (740 W. Randolph St.), by José "Pepe” Barajas, has partnered with Back of the Yards Coffee Co. (2059 W 47th St.) to support a small farming community in San Andrés Lovene.
The specialty-grade, limited production run is part of a Barajas’ vision to bring together socially conscious Mexican American businesses to support local and global communities, while showcasing the products of Mexico.
The single origin micro-lot is sourced from the southern sierras of Oaxaca, Mexico. The woman-owned “finca” is harvested by Antonia Fuentes and her family in a remote Zapotec community about 10 hours from Oaxaca City, which still feels the devastation of a 2017 earthquake.
“Café de la Comunidad” is a light/medium roast with candy bar notes of milk chocolate, caramel and nuts with a hint of stone fruit. The 12-ounce bag of whole-bean coffee costs $18. As part of the relief program, $1 from every bag of coffee sold will go back to the community to collectively benefit the entire town. The coffee is available for purchase here for pick-up.