Fancy Coffee Brings Hope To Chiapas...And Planting Trees May Help, Too

In his 63 years, Jose Suarez has raised six children, endured the ups and downs of farming, and witnessed a revolution. But since the social upheaval that accompanied the Zapatista uprising has so far failed to make his life better, Suarez is pinning his hopes on an unlikely savior: gourmet coffee drinkers around the world. Two years ago, Suarez converted his 1 1/2 hectares in San Fernando from conventional to organic coffee production. Most of his neighbors did so as well. "We have suffered much," says Suarez. But organic coffee "is something special. I think our future now is more secure."

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