Mexican coffee originates from South-central to Southern regions of the country. For that reason, coffees from Coatepec and Veracruz are much different from Oaxacan Plumas, which are in turn much different from the southernmost region of Chiapas. Chiapas borders the Guatemalan coffee growing area of Huehuetenango, and you will find similarities between coffees grown in those regions. In general, you can expect Mexican coffee to be light-bodied and mild, with subtle flavors.
This lot comes to us from the cooperative of La Lagunilla in the small town of Cacolotepec. The cooperative society handles wet and dry milling for many of the small holder, Zapotec community, and this particular blended lot is made up of 40 different producers. Most farmers migrated out of Cacolotepec in the early 2000's, partly due to the highly volatile coffee market during that time. La Lagunilla was formed in 2003 in an effort to rebuild coffee as a viable income for their community, focusing their efforts on organic cultivation and ultimately obtaining organic certification. Production is "traditional", in that depulping is handled at the farms on hand cranked devices, then the coffee is fermented overnight, washed, and dried on mats. Altitude in the area is a range of 1000 to 1500 meters.
It's been a while since we've had Mexico coffee, and our patience has paid off with this solid and sweet coffee from La Lagunilla. The dry grounds have a nuttiness that you might expect from a Mexico coffee, but it's sweet like marzipan and roasted almond. There's a burned sugar smell too that verges on caramel. Adding hot water brings up some discernible smells of baking spices as well as unrefined, muscovado sugar, and dried banana. Flavors of toasted nut and brown sugar reverberate throughout the cup profile. The nutty aspect along with a refined sugar sweetness is like Jordan almond candies. Fruit accents like blackberry and apple are present as well, but are more off in the background. The finish has notes of burned sugars, and an accent of Umami tea. This coffee is approachable and will definitely hold up across a range of roast levels.