This micro-lot from the later harvest in Sierra Mazateca seriously impressed us this year. We find lots of red grape, sweet cherry, nougat and cola in the cup.

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Mazateca

Specs

Producer     Farmers of Sierra Mazateca

Region         Sierra Mazateca, Oaxaca

Varieties     Typica & Bourbon

Process       Washed

Altitude       1600-1800 masl

Importer       Osito

Story

Mazateca

Sierra Mazaetca; high up in the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountain range in Northern Oaxaca state, is named after the indigenous Mazatec people who call the area home. In Mexico, many of the producers in Mexico are smallholders, producing as little as 5-10kg per year. As a region, Oaxaca is unique because the local market is willing to buy high-quality local coffee, meaning many of the excellent, small lots stay in Mexico. So, our importing partner Osito has 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 payoff - these coffees are exciting and showcase a side of Mexican coffee often unexplored and underappreciated.

Oaxaca

Sitting right in between Mexico’s two other major coffee-growing regions Chiapas and Veracruz, Oaxaca produces some of the most distinctive coffees in Mexico. Coffee production in Oaxaca has not been modernized to the same extent as in its neighbouring regions, with many producers preferring traditional cultivation methods and coffee varieties.

Typica & Bourbon

Bourbon takes its name from Bourbon Island (now La Réunion), where it was introduced by French missionaries who had taken a few coffee seeds from Yemen in the 1700s. Along with Typica, Bourbon accounts for the basis of most of the world's coffee production today which is made up of Bourbon and Typica descendant varieties. Bourbon is known for its high-quality potential, susceptibility to disease and relatively low yields.

Like Bourbon, Typica made its way out of Yemen by way of colonization. In this case, the Dutch transported seeds to their colonial holdings in South America in 1719, from there the variety made its way to Brazil and then to the West Indies. Eventually, the English brought Typica to the Caribbean, from there, they were sent to Central America, where they were widely dispersed.

Typica has very high quality potential at high altitudes in Central America. Unfortunately, it is highly susceptible to disease.

Washed

Depulped on the day of harvest, this coffee is then dry fermented for 24-36 hours. Then, it is dried on raised beds for 10-15 days.

Transparency

Importer

Osito

Farmgate Pricing

~ 3.19 USD per lb

FOB Pricing

What's this?

FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.

Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.

5.02 USD per lb

Lot Size

Subtext purchased 276 kg.

Relationship Length

This is the third year that Osito has worked with Mazateca and the second year that Subtext has this coffee.

Quality

Subtext cupping score of 87