San Mateo Yoloxochitlán

  • Tasting Notes Toffee apple, maple syrup and milk chocolate
  • Location Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Elevation 1600 - 1850 M
  • Details Washed Typica, Bourbon and Mundo Novo
£12.00

It took a while for us to discover the gems coming from Oaxaca in Mexico but now we have we're excited to bring you more, and this one is from Yoloxochtilán which is one of the larger towns in the Sierra Mazateca region. This lot is composed of coffees from several producers located in and around the Yoloxochitlán area. The Mazateca is located in the state of Oaxaca, one of the most diverse states in México, both biologically and culturally. The Mazateca gets its name from the presence of the indigenous group, the Mazatec,which is a Nahualt name that translates to “the deer people”. However, in their own language, Mazatec, the group is called Ha Shuta Enima, which means “those who work the hills”.

There is an important tradition of coffee growing in this region. The steep landscape makes for hard work but is also the reason for the outstanding cup quality, which for a long time got lost in huge blends. By separating and cupping the small lots individually the Raw Material's in country partner Red Beetle Coffee are able to separate the outstanding, the good, the not so bad and the plain right ugly.

This altitude and cold climate results in a much later harvest (Feb to April) compared to other parts of Mexico. Cherries in Mazateca take longer to mature, resulting in a high potential for very sweet and complex coffees, but with the ever present danger of frost damage.

Coffee is the main agricultural product of the region, but low prices and poor business perspectives have drastically reduced the numbers of producers in the past 20 years. Nowadays the main income stream in Mazateca comes from the government through the salaries of the many teachers employed in the area, and subsidies to the farmers.

The weather, the land, and the producers together generate extraordinary coffees in this region. The varieties mainly cultivated are Typica, Mundo Novo and Caturra. Most of these plants tend to be over 40 years old which is a major contributing factor for the low yields. The average amount of coffee processed by each producer per harvest can be as low as 100 kg, They often keep a considerable part for themselves. This means Red Beetle all too often buy lots of 20kg from each producer.

 

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