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Mexico Special Prep Ixhuatlan Jesus Alberto

Notes of sugar in the raw, mild chocolates and soft nut tones, a restrained blueberry note and berry-like acidity. Big chocolate roast flavors in med-dark roasts. City to Full City. Good espresso.

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  • Process Method Other Processes
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Ixhuatlan, Veracruz
Processing Honey and Wet Process
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date July 2019 Arrival
Lot size 30
Bag size 69 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail H1 hybrid
Grade SHG EP
Appearance .5 d/300gr, 16-19 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

This coffee comes from the farm of Don Jesus Alberto, a small coffee producer in the Ixuatlan region of Veracruz. Altitude at the farm is 1350 meters above sea level, and Jesus Alberto has H1 planted on his farm (hybrid of Rume Sudan and a Sarchimor). We're calling this coffee "special prep" because it's a mix of wet process and honey process coffee. He processes naturals too, but unfortunately, we weren't able to pick any up this year. The coffee cherry is floated before being depulped in order to remove much of the underripe coffee. Then, it's moved to greenhouses with drying beds where the parchment coffee is brought down to a stable moisture level (generally in the 10.5-11% range). We found Jesus Alberto's coffee to be versatile and a good option for dual-use, both brew and espresso holding their own at a fairly wide roast spread.

The dry fragrance has a brown sugar and roasted nut smells like toffee almond and candied walnut, with a raisin-like, dried fruit hint. Full City kicks the fruited smells up a notch, a blueberry note hangs in the air in the wet aroma, along with strong bittersweet roast tones. The mix of wet and honey process coffees isn't apparent at first sips. The flavors in the hot cup are well balanced, notes of sugar in the raw, mild chocolates and soft nut tones. Fruited flavors are quite restrained, but gain some clarity when the cup cools down. The cup at City and City+ have a red berry accent, sweet and tart, the latter aspect casting a soft but refreshing acidic impression on the cup profile. At Full City, chocolate bittersweetness bookends the cup, a pulpy blueberry note hints at process but then it's right back to cocoa roast tone in the finish. Bodied and bittersweet, this is a fantastic espresso option too.