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AMATENANGO

Specs

 

Producer   Smallholders of Amatenango de la Frontera

Region         Amatenango, Chiapas, Mexico

Harvest       Spring 2024

Varieties      Typica, Bourbon, Garnica, Catuai

Process       Washed - Mountain Water Process Decaf

Altitude        1,500 masl

Importer     Osito

 

AMATENANGO

Producer Profile

One of our favourite decaf offerings of the past is back for another season. Amatenango de Frontera sits right on the Mexican side of the border with Huehuetenango, Guatemala and its coffees share many similarities with classic Huehuetenango profiles. Ths decaf was Water Mountain Processed at Descamex. MWP involves exposing the coffee to steam and hot water in a process that extracts the water-soluble caffein molecules. The water is then run through a filter that captures the caffeine, and the now caffeine-free water is reintroduced to the coffee to re-infuse it with its own aromatic and flavour compunds.

Chiapas

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.

Field Blend

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 comprises Bourbon and Typica descendant varieties. Bourbon is known for its high-quality potential, susceptibility to disease and relatively low yields.

Garnica was developed by the Mexican Coffee Institute in 1961 by crossing Mundo Novo and Yellow Caturra. Pedigree selections were never officially completed because the institute was dissolved in 1989. Selections continued privately amongst farmers, so the variety was difficult to trace. Garnica is a high-yielding, medium-sized plant with cup quality to similar to Catuaí.

MWP

Ths decaf was Water Mountain Processed at Descamex. MWP involves exposing the coffee to steam and hot water in a process that extracts the water-soluble caffein molecules. The water is then run through a filter that captures the caffeine, and the now caffeine-free water is reintroduced to the coffee to re-infuse it with its own aromatic and flavour compunds.

TRANSPARENCY

IMPORTER

Osito

FARMGATE 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.

1120 Soles/quintale (55 kg) of parchment

FOB PRICING

$4.10 USD per lb

SUBTEXT PAID

$5.84 USD per lb

LOT SIZE

Total lot size of 1,104 kg. Subtext purchased 414 kg.

RELATIONSHIP LENGTH

This is the second year that Apex has worked with Mavila and the first year we have purchased her coffee.

QUALITY

Subtext cupping score of 85.5