Mexican coffee has come a long way in recent years in terms of quality. And we're delighted to support this wonderful Rainforest Alliance approved small-holding network at the Huatusco (Wa-tu-scoo) region, which is the east of the country near the Gulf of Mexico (a bit like Barrow-in-Furness, but not as classy).
We cupped this coffee blind on the table and it was not only a huge surprise, but an absolute winner. Sweet and lively, this offering has rounded chocolate, nutty and sugar cane flavours.
We know this is going to be a firm favourite, so get it while it lasts!
Farm: 1 ha. small farmer. 18 ha. Médium / large farmer Varietal: Colombia, Costa Rica, Sarchimor, Geisha, Oro Azteca, Marsellesa Processing: Washed Altitude: 1,100 - 1,450 metres above sea level Owner: Various Smallholders Region: Huatusco (Wa-tu-scoo) Cupping Notes: Chocolate, nut, cane sugar and almond, Sweet and bright. SCA Score: 86+
Art of Production
Huatusco is the perfect region to grow coffee thanks to its abundant rainfall. Farms are advanced and very well organized. Processing coffee in Huatusco is slightly more complicated than in other Mexican regions during coffee harvest season due to the rainy days and very cold nights (which delay the fermentation process). Due to this complexity, farmers tend to sell coffee cherry.
The cherry is delivered to the wet mill during the afternoon and evening. The coffee is then de-pulped and fermented for an average of 15 - 20 hours and then washed, before being centrifugated, pre-dried and passed through a drying machine in a continuous flow for 30 - 36 hours, ensuring avoidance of defects due to excess of moisture.
Some of the farmers shared their experience with us: “we focus on what we are good at, producing excellent coffee in our traditional ways, through innovative methods which contribute to creating perfect coffee for people who appreciate it”.
When driving to Huastusco from Mexico City or Puebla, most of the journey is above the coffee line since this part of Mexico is full of high mountains and breathtaking views and is simply too high and cold for coffee to grow. Upon arrival at Haustuso, the scenery and environment change, becoming tropical and humid during the daytime, but also having very cold temperatures throughout the night.
Coffee is produced in the central mountainous region of the state of Veracruz (Huatusco and surrounding municipalities). The majority are small farmers of 1 ha and medium farmers of 18 hectares (avg).
We buy from farmers of all sizes, but always ensure the best qualities available with the correct practices and commercial conditions across the whole value chain.