Beneficio Custapec S.A. de C.V. is a family owned company that collects, processes, and commercialized the entire production of an aggregation of 17 family owned farms encompassing 3379 hectares. The total area of production is 1,136 hectares, while 2,243 hectares are conserved. The entire production is Rainforest Alliance certified.
Finca Custepec was one family farm, founded by Juan Pohlenz Dieckmann in 1911. In 1956, the family descendants founded the company Beneficio Custepec S.A de C.V., as a centralized structure to collect, process, and commercialize the entire production of the farms. To date, the original property is divided into 17 farms managed by the 13 members of Beneficio Custepect S.A. de C.V. The company collects, processes, and commercialized the entire production of 17 family owned farms on their property. The total area of production is 1,136 hectares dedicated to shade-grown and sustainable coffee production, while 2,243 hectares are conserved as forest. The production has been Rainforest Alliance certified for the past eight years.
The production areas are located over 1,100 m.a.s.l, providing the appropriate weather conditions (temperature, rain, and humidity) to produce high quality 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.
In 2011 VV approved financing to assist with crop maintenance activities such as fertilization and weed control. Additionally finances will be used to cover post-harvest expenses in order to process beans for commercialization.
The entire property of Beneficio Custepec is located within El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve buffer zone and contributes to conservation through the implementation of sustainable practices in shade-grown coffee plantations. All the production has been certified according to the Rainforest Alliance standard for over eight years.
Custepec also maintains over 65% of its property as forest, contributing to the conservation corridor. Custepec property is strategically located in one of the clusters in Chiapas, which is being consolidated through the inclusion of new clients into the VV portfolio. Beneficio Custepec has also made several investments that help to mitigate the impact of the coffee operation in an important part of the cluster. The farm has invested in and utilizes a hydro-electric power generation system for their electrical needs, supplying power to the dry milling process. The farm has implemented systems to reduce the consumption of water such as more efficient equipment instead of traditional washing methods in the wet milling process. Further investments are focused on processing and treating the residual water to avoid pollution of watersheds.