Archive / Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op

Nr. 544 / 2015 - ongoing / Mexico, United States

Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op

Using coffee to create an autonomous sustainable economy between anti-capitalist social movements in Chiapas and New York


Fran Ilich


The Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op is a project developed by Fran Ilich that offers organic coffee sourced locally in Chiapas, Mexico, from Zapatista autonomous farms. Its goal is to connect social movements and geographical regions – Chiapas and New York City – and to create a horizontal financial flow between social movements. A cup of coffee can be traded for any alternative currency, barter, or time deposits (as well as voluntary money donations). Proceeds are used to buy more coffee from the autonomous Zapatista Municipalities.


Mexico, United States


Coffee is the second most traded raw material in the world. The project uses this mass to create a sustainable economy that funds the reconstruction of the Zapatista autonomy from Mexican state.

Beneficial outcomes

Allows continuous economic growth to indigenous population of Chiapas.

Maintained by

The Diego de la Vega Coffee Co-op


Politics, global trade, coffee drinkers.