CESMACH has nearly 500 active members. The coffee in this lot is contributed from growers in the community called Capitan Luis A. Vidal, a municipality within the buffer zone of the reserve. The community members are paid a premium for this coffee, which is given specifically to the growers who contributed coffee to the lot.
The farms of both CESMACH and the FTV are located in the buffer zone of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, which is in the highlands of the Sierra Madre. it is one of the most diverse forest reserve areas in the world and contains Mesoamerica's largest cloud forest, as well as a protected natural environment for thousands of plant and animal species. All of the coffee produced here is shade-grown.