From Oaxaca, Mexico
From Oaxaca, Mexico
In our third year buying coffee from Sierra Mazateca, we are very excited to see a separate lot showcasing the work of women producers of Mazateca. In the cup, we find notes of candied orange, hazelnut, and apricot.
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Producer Women producers of Mazateca
Region Sierra Mazateca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Varieties Typica & Bourbon
Altitude 1,600 - 1,800 masl
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.
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.
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..
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.
$4.65 USD per lb
$5.30 USD per lb
Total lot size of 700 kg. Subtext purchased 280 kg.
Osito has been working with the producers of Mazateca for three years. This is the third year we've purchased coffee from Mazateca, but the first year we have purchased this new lot.
Subtext cupping score of 86.25