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Rare, hand-crafted mezcales from the heart of Oaxaca
Local mezcal-producing families
The Koch Group
The Koch Group was created in 2009 by Carlos Moreno - a Mexican entrepreneur who wanted to reduce the amount of Mexicans migrating to the United States in search of better jobs. The team describes Koch as a “project, not a business”, that is designed to represent the culture and identity of Oaxacans and showcase the work of local Master Mezcaleros. Koch works with thirteen communities throughout Oaxaca, building a collection of locally made, hand-crafted spirits. Their philosophy is based on a foundation of three main pillars: the environment, the people, and the stories.
Sustainability is one of Koch’s key values. The earth that produces the agaves for their mezcals must be respected and maintained. They work in harmony with the planet, using all-natural farming methods and distilling techniques. All of the production is done locally, close to the sites where the agaves are grown. They use a selection of wild, cultivated, and semi-cultivated agaves to create both “artisanal” and “ancestral” mezcals.
Koch works with mezcal-producing families, providing fair-wage jobs to more than 500 Oaxacan locals, particularly in areas that are under economic or social stress. While some grow the agaves, some cook and distill them, while others work on the final touches - bottling, sealing, and labelling the mezcals. Everything is done entirely by hand, without the use of machinery. By supporting these families, the Koch Group helps them continue the mezcal production that has been a part of their legacy for generations.
The Koch Group’s catalogue of single-agave and blended mezcals pulls from the best of all worlds: the unrivalled expertise of the Oaxacan maestro mezcaleros, the pure, authentic flavours from the natural agaves, and the care and quality that comes with micro-batch hand production. Each bottle contains the unique spirit not only of the agaves, but the spirit of the people and places that create it.