Mexico Veracruz RFA - Huatusco Ext Fermenation w/ Starter Culture

Heavy body, dark chocolate, honey graham cracker, almond
$4.43 / lb $673.88 / bag
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Jul 2021
SKU P608240-5
  • 23 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This strictly high grown spot coffee from Huatusco has been put through an experimental extended fermentation process w/ starter culture. This lot was processed by experimental conditions with extended fermentation using specific starter cultures in submerged conditions. A control fermentation was run alongside using the traditional washed method with 12-15 hours in dry conditions. The lot is then washed and dried using mechanical dryers and then hulled using standard methods. After resting for 60 days the coffees were cupped blind by 14Q graders within Olam. With the same coffees we ran aroma fingerprinting of volatile organic compounds using chromatographic techniques. The scientific techniques used allow us to confirm the cup descriptions with the level of the aroma volatiles that are present in each of the coffees. 

Country of Origin Mexico
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade MEX CA WA SHG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Cup Score 84.25
Variety Colombia, Costa Rica
Region Veracruz
Farm Name Huatusco
Growing Altitude 1300m
Certifications Rainforest Alliance

History of Coffee in Mexico 

With seeds from the Caribbean, cultivation began in Veracruz, where custom house records indicate a few hundred bags of coffee were exported as early as 1802. But these exports were apparently anomalous because after 1805 coffee would not be exported again for twenty years, after the war of independence. Production did increase over this period, presumably for domestic trade and consumption. In 1817, a planter named Don Juan Antonio Gomez started “intensive cultivation” further south, where coffee thrived at high altitudes. By 1826 there were half a million trees in Cordoba and Mexican coffee was being exported.  In 1828, seeds—or possibly plants—from Arabia (Yemen) were planted in Uruapan, near the Pacific coast west of Mexico City, by Jose Mariano Michelena. Trees were brought from Guatemala to be planted in the southern state of Chiapas in 1847, and  Oaxaca would become the third largest producer of Mexican coffee by 1889.  

Growing Coffee in Mexico 

Mexican coffee grows in 15 states throughout the southern half of the country but over 90% comes from four states: Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Puebla. Specialty coffee comes from the highlands of Veracruz on the gulf coast, the mountains of Oaxaca and Chiapas at the southern tip of Mexico. In Veracruz coffee grows from 1,100-1,660 m.a.s.l. In Chiapas coffee grows from 1,300-1,700 m.a.s.l. In Oaxaca coffee grows from 900-1,650 m.a.s.l. Coffee is grown by more than half a million farmers, 95% of these being smallholders cultivating less than three hectares and 85% of Mexico’s coffee farmers are indigenous Mexicans. Most Mexican coffee is grown under shade and Mexico is one of the world’s largest producers of certified organic coffee and Fair Trade coffee. Most Mexican coffee is Bourbon, Catura, Maragogype, or Mundo Novo, though other varieties can be found. Mexico grows almost no Robusta.  

  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 84.25
  • Region Veracruz
  • Farm Name Huatusco
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Extended Fermentation w/ Starter Culture
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Rainforest Alliance
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Colombia, Costa Rica
  • Coffee Grade MEX CA WA SHG
  • Growing Altitude 1300m
  • Country of Origin Mexico
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
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  • CTRM Contract Number P608240-5