Elegant, creamy and sweet, this black honey processed Gesha from famed farmer Enrique Lopez in Candelaria Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico is full of bargamot, dried apricot and sarsparilla.

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Enrique Lopez

Specs

Producer     Enrique Lopez

Farm           Finca Chelin

Region         Candelaria Loxicha, Sierra Sur, Oaxaca

Varieties     Gesha

Process       Black Honey

Altitude       1400 masl

Importer       Osito

Story

Enrique Lopez

Enrique Lopez is one of the most well-regarded coffee producers in Mexico today, however, his career as a farmer started relatively late in life. He is technically a second-generation coffee producer but until his father passed away in 2000, and left his farm to Enrique, he had no plans to work in coffee. Having little knowledge of coffee production, he ended up giving his father’s farm to his brother and purchased his own plot of land in Oaxaca, as he wanted to reproduce the same farming experience his father had. Today, he is recognized for pushing the boundaries of experimentation and quality. He grows over 20 varieties and puts a lot of focus into experimental processing methods. Enrique considers himself a coffee addict, drinking as many as 12 cups a day and essentially strives to produce the kind of coffee he likes to drink.

 

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.

Gesha

The famed and highly sought-after Gesha variety is originally from Ethiopia. It was transported to Latin America in the 1950s where it was noted for its tolerance to leaf rust. In 2005, the variety was "rediscovered" when it won that year's Best of Panama competition. Since then, it has gone on to break price records at auction year after year and has been planted by farmers across Latin America in hopes of securing high prices.

The variety itself is highly demanding, and it requires high elevations in order to really deliver the exceptional floral, jasmine and stone fruit cup characteristics it is so famous for. There are actually a number of genetically distinct varieties that carry the name Gesha, and most have been traced back to Landraces from the same geographic area in Ethiopia.

Black Honey

After de-pulping, the coffee was dried for four weeks with mucilage still intact. Initially, it was laid out on a mesh screen under full sun. Then, it was moved to raised beds under shade, where it dries for 25 days.

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Importer

Osito

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.

11.25 USD per lb

Lot Size

Lot size of 60kg. Subtext purchased 60kg.

Relationship Length

Osito has been working with Enrique on and off for three years. This is the first year that Subtext has purchased his coffee.

Quality

Subtext cupping score of 88