More: We did a literal double-take the first time we cupped this coffee, y’all. It has all of the sweet and balanced characteristics that makes Mexican coffees so widely loved, but this coffee’s unmistakable fruit flavors were like a (good) punch in the face! The beautifully well-rounded malic acidity jumped out at us, like biting into a ripe pear. We also tasted milk chocolate, dried cherry, meyer lemon, and as the coffee cooled we experienced an even bigger kaleidoscope of flavors. We are so excited to share this fun and dynamic coffee with you!
Complex and highly nuanced flavors like this are the result of innovation, meticulous and detailed work in processing, and investment in community. Our importing partners at Red Fox Coffee Merchants and young producer Ernesto Perez have next-leveled the coffee coming out of the tiny subregion of Coatepec.
Slow maturation of the coffee cherry produces complex flavors within, and Coatepec boasts high elevations that foster slower maturation of cherry. The average altitude in Mexico is roughly 1,100 MASL (meters above sea level); Ernesto’s farm, Finca Fatima, sits at around 1,250. In addition to the altitude, the weather in Coatepec borders on the tropical, and the cooler, slightly wetter weather and long, cool nights during harvest also slow down cherry ripening and enhance the complexity and density of flavor.
This coffee also includes some newer varieties. Marsellesa in particular is a newer variety adaptable to mid-range altitudes that’s been created with resistance to coffee leaf rust. Coffee leaf rust has hit Mexico hard in the recent past, so the creation of newer high-yield high-quality varieties is integral to the future of coffee.
Ernesto himself is a younger farmer working within his community to expand high quality specialty production and bring better prices to other farmers. Like we mentioned before, this dedication to craft shows, and Ernesto’s coffee scored highly in the 2018 and 2019 Cup of Excellence, a coffee competition in origin countries highlighting the best of the country, and his coffee was also used by the 2019 Mexico barista champion.
This coffee has it all for us: a younger farmer bringing their vision to the specialty community, newer varieties created with better, more consistent harvests and high cup quality in mind, and a community-minded ethos that ensures a strong future for Mexican specialty coffee. As always, we hope you love it as much as we do.
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