This will be the second year we've carried Mexico Coatepec. Probably one of the most surprising coffees for us last year, this year's coffee is super sweet, balanced, and just comfortable. The mill that this coffee comes from is located near the colonial village of Coatepec in Veracruz, Mexico. Coatepec is an agriculture community in the mountain of southern Mexico, bordering the other coffee growing regions of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Coatapec is a beautiful classic Colonial town with a lively central square between the Cathedral and government buildings. Coffee has long been a part of this region and many producers roast and sell their own coffees in the region and at shops on the square.
This part of the country has always been an agricultural basket with ample water, good soils and cool nights at the foot of the mountains.
Producers in this part of Mexico have an average of 4 acres of land and deliver red cherries to the mills in town. The coffees from this region can have rich milk chocolate and caramel notes and good acidity
Coatepec is not the first name that comes to coffee buyers minds when they think of specialty coffee in Mexico, but for the second year in a row this coffees has turned our heads for its subtle complexities.
Region: Coatepec, Veracruz
Elevation: 1200-1400 meters above sea level
Varieties: Bourbon, Typica, and Caturra
Process: fully washed, patio dried
Taste description: Citrus and apple acidity are complimented well with its brown sugar like sweetness.
Another coffee literally came across the cupping table just a few weeks ago that was too good to pass up: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. This isn't a mill specific lot, but it is a fresh crop and great example of a classic Yirgacheffe, with citrus, jasmine, and black tea notes, it's just fantastic. This coffee will be one of the freshest Ethiopian coffees out there right now and we're very excited to offer it.
Region: Yirgacheffe. Gedeo zone
Elevation: 1800+ meters
Varieties: Ethiopian heirloom
Process: washed, sun dried on raised beds
Taste Description: Classic example of one of the world's most prized coffees, citrus, jasmine, black tea.
We'll have the Ethiopia available in our cafes and online early next week. In a few weeks we'll also have a coffee from El Salvador. Look for more info to come about each of these coffees.