• The Journey for Life
  • The Best Coffee in the World
  • The TeeMill shop – raising funds to support Zapatista Communities
  • Stop press reports on paramilitary harassment in Chiapas
  • Direct trade: Chiapas to Hamburg to Nottingham to you
  • Zapatista Coffee Dossier
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  • Order Café Zapatista from Veggies Online Shop

Zapatista Journey for Life

Zapatista Coffee labels

The Best Coffee In The World

Chiapas in Mexico produces one of the best coffees in the world, mainly grown in the mountains. Coffee is Mexico’s main export. Mexico is in fact the world’s fourth largest producer of coffee in the world, and the main producer of organic coffee.  However, partly due to the changing climate, the plants are having to be moved further up the mountains, resulting in a reduced supply. Therefore, temporarily it is mixed 50/50 with coffee from the Juan Tama women’s coop in Colombia, to try to stretch out the supply.

chiapas mapMeanwhile, in Mexico more than 3 million people depend on the production and export of coffee. As a consequence 92% are small producers with less than five hectares of land, and more than 60% of these are indigenous peoples. On the other hand the other 8% own a number of enormously extended estates that are the fruits of occupations of indigenous lands. These occupations have been promoted and supported by the government.

Direct trade to support direct democracy

The EZLN commonly known as the Zapatistas has developed social and political projects. Building from the bottom up, they are creating a society where the Maya people can enjoy autonomy. As a result they can safeguard their own culture and organise their own access to education, health, and land, through forms of direct democracy.

drying coffeeWith this in mind one of these projects is the creation of small cooperatives that produce the “Cafe Rebelde” or “Zapatista coffee”. Because of this the organisation of these cooperatives has strengthened and improved access to the land and the quality of life overall. …more…

Café Zapatista is available from Veggies Online Shop

Zapatista Solidarity Network TeeMill shop

The ZSN have also teamed with talented artists based in Mexico (Gran Om & Co and Dante Aguilera  and more), whose amazing work is available  at the ZSN online shop . All the profits made from the sale of these products will go towards the Zapatista journey.



To find out about events, calls for solidarity, etc follow the Zapatista Solidarity Network on social media:
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November 2021
Further harassment of the Zapatista communities was reported on 22nd November: Paramilitary groups that are tolerated and supported by the Mexican governments are attacking Zapatista schools.
October/November 2021
Members of ★Zapatista★ autonomous communities are just completing a #JourneyForLife to meet the rebellious Europe — people and organisations from below and to the left! They were in Ireland/Wales and Scotland/England during October. We were honoured to host their meetup with groups from across the Midlands, Yorkshire & the North East, here at Veggies.
August 2020
The Zapatistas need your solidarity after attacks by government-linked paramilitaries destroyed much of this year’s coffee harvest
On August 22nd 2020 the ORCAO paramilitary organization looted & burned two Zapatista coffee warehouses in Cuxuljá, Chiapas, in an escalating series of attacks on indigenous communities resisting extractive mega-projects on indigenous lands
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Direct trade: Chiapas to Nottingham via Hamburg

Where appropriate Veggies Catering Campaign uses and sells Café Zapatista that come to the UK from Café Libertad Kollectiv in Hamburg. Café Libertad deal directly with the cooperatives in Mexico, as an act of solidarity with the indigenous peoples struggle in Chiapas Mexico and also because it tastes so damn good!

Zapatista CoffeeYou can buy Zapatista Coffee from Veggies at the Sumac Centre, at many good events and from our mail order shop.

Zapatista Coffee is also available from our supplier, Lembas from Sheffield or from Active Distribution.

Also in Bristol from Essential Wholefood Co-operative or The Base, from the Cowley Club in Brighton or in London from Housmans Bookshop & 56a InfoShop.

Ruth Strange from Ethical Consumer tells how Café Rebelde from Chiapas arrives in the UK.


  • Deliveries to UK only. Overseas by special arrangement. We will check the additional cost and invite an additional donation towards the cost – contact us to discuss this.
  • Contact us to discuss discount prices for bulk orders.
  • You could check the cost of getting Cafe Rebelde from Cafe Libertad in Hamburg. As they bring it direct from Chiapas, before sending it  to the UK, their base price €4 is cheaper than our £6.00, which means that they may be able to send it to you more cost effectively, subject to their postage costs. See their prices …here…
  • At some events, particularly outdoors, Veggies use fair trade coffee from Cafe Direct, another Ethical Consumer Best Buy.
  • Order Café Zapatista from Veggies Online Shop


The dossier on the Café Zapatista has been printed on the Italian
magazine “A Rivista Anarchica“.

Chiapas / Shall we have a nice coffee (zapatista)?
Chiapas / 1. Zapatista Coffee
Chiapas / 2. Where and how coffee is produced
Chiapas / 3. Zapatista Cooperatives
Chiapas / 4. Cafe Libertad collective eG
Chiapas / 5. Tasting Coffee Zapatista
Chiapas / 6. Where to find Zapatista Coffee in the world
Chiapas / 7. Anarchism, Zapatistas and Global Solidarity

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