The Chiapas region, located in southwest Mexico, was Guatemalan before 1824. Its highly contrasted landscape mixes coastal areas, valleys, mountains and tropical forests. It is one of the most important producing regions in Mexico. It benefits from exceptional bioclimatic conditions that have enabled it to develop a rich and diverse agriculture on almost 20% of its land. The main products farmed in Chiapas are coffee, bananas, cocoa, maize and mango, as well as honey, cane sugar and peppers. The region is particularly famous for its cocoa. Chiapas is also home to many indigenous peoples, including the Maya, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Ch’ol and Tojolabal communities.
Its coffee plantations are generally family-owned, and there are an increasing number of solidarity cooperatives. All in all, it is a region that boasts an extremely rich culinary, cultural and geographical diversity.