Producer Interview: Francisco Javier Montiel Valencia, 12th Place Finisher in the 2017 Mexico COE

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I recently took the opportunity to interview Javier Montel Valencia, a coffee producer in Mexico whose coffee placed 12th in the 2017 Mexico Cup of Excellence (COE), where Jen Apodaca and Alex Mason participated as judges. Francisco’s winning lot was produced on a 6-acre farm located in the community of Huehuetecpan within the municipality of Cosautlán de Carvajal in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Royal purchased the winning lot through the COE auction and it just arrived in Oakland.


How did you start working in coffee?

I started working in coffee when I was 13 years old. I remember it well because my grandfather on my mother’s side of the family, who took me to pick coffee said, “Francisco, today you will be paid for the red cherry that you pick without damaging the plants.”

I was worrying the whole day and was rushed the entire time. That is how I entered the world of coffee.


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