Macadamia, green grape, milk chocolate
This year we're releasing three coffees from an origin we've never offered before, Mexico. This is the first of them and comes from small producers within the Santo Domingo Teojomulco municipality in the Sierra Sur region of Oaxaca.
This fully washed lot is made up of a whole range of smallholder farmers. Unlike in many other Central American countries, Mexico is full of very small coffee producers - some producing as little as 5-10 kg per year. The limited quantities do not mean quality is low, often quite the opposite is true. What makes Oaxaca an especially unique area of Mexico for coffee is that the internal market is also very willing to buy Oaxacan coffees. So the importer, Osito and their partners on the ground in Mexico have had to work hard and compete to be able to source these tiny lots, then spend considerable time and effort to put together the lots of similar screen size, moisture and water activity. For all the time and effort it takes to secure these lots, it is always worth the pay off - these coffees are exciting and showcase a side of Mexican coffee often unexplored and under appreciated.
Mexico has a reputation of one of those 'up and coming' origins after decades of leaf rust, low yields, old varietals and poor prices at market. Agronomical support for indigenous smallholder farmers from likes of Osito and their in-country partners has meant that community lots like this are scoring highly and tasting great. This comes about since they are being processed with great care and consideration for the future of the coffee farming industry by protecting the land from soil erosion and coffee plants from disease.
A great start to our Mexican journey and for us tastes of macadamia nuts, green grape, milk chocolate. Definitely an all day drinker.