From Chiapas, Mexico
From Chiapas, Mexico
A sweet, intense, and expressive Black Honey processed lot from Edilizar Ordóñez in Amatenango de la Frontera, Chiapas; in the cup, we find notes of banana cake, cinnamon, and bright cherry.
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Producer Edilizar Ordóñez-Mazariegos
Region Amatenango de la Frontera, Chiapas
Varieties Catuaí, Villa Sarchi, San Ramon
Process Black Honey
Altitude 1,450 - 1,500 masl
Edilizar and his brothers, Rony and Maynor, have been producing coffee nearly their whole lives under the tutelage of their father, Luis. All three brothers have spent time in the US in recent years along with their sister's husband, who, sadly, passed away recently in a work accident. The issues they face in the region are mounting. For years, they have dealt with a lack of labor and lack of opportunities for themselves and their neighbors. In recent months, cartel violence in the area has spiked dramatically, leaving the whole Ordóñez family at extreme physical risk. Despite the hardships, the quality of their coffee has increased dramatically over the last few years and our importing partner, Osito, now buys coffee from each of the Ordóñez men.
Chiapas, which shares a border with Huehuetenango, Guatemala, produces the most coffee of any of Mexico's states, at 40% of the country's yield. Given Chiapas' proximity to Huehuetenango, there is obviously high quality-potential for this region with its high altitudes, favourable climate and volcanic soils.
Catuaí is the result of a genetic cross between Yellow Caturra and Mundo Novo, made by the Instituto Agrinomico of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. While it was first bred in 1949, it was released in Brazil in 1972. It comes in both red and yellow variations, and there are multiple genetic lines available in Brazil. Some of these lines are known for high output. Generally, Catuaí is known for its good quality potential at high altitudes and small size, which allows for greater planting density. This planting efficiency contributed to the intensification of full sun planting in Central America during the 70's & 80's. Unfortunately, Catuaí is highly susceptible to coffee leaf rust.
Villa Sarchi is a natural, single gene mutation of Bourbon. The variety was discovered in Costa Rica in the 1950s or 1960s in the northwestern region of the province of Alajuela, and has subsequently undergone pedigree selection (selection of individual plants through successive generations) there. The variety is small, well suited to high altitudes, resistant to wind, but it is susceptible to rust, pests, and disease.
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.
$5.50 USD per lb
$7 USD per lb
Total lot size of 490 kg. Subtext purchased 280 kg.
Osito has been working with Edilizar for two years. This is the first Subtext has purchased his coffee.
Subtext cupping score of 86