Mexico Veracruz - Zongolica Microlot

Toffee, caramel, honeycrisp apple, cherry, grape
$4.50 / lb $684.53 / bag
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Jun 2021
SKU P608238-4
  • 46 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Coffee production at Zongolica Microlot is done according to tradition - with respect to their land and to the ancients, known as 'the keepers and transmitters of wisdom.' By working in harmony with the Earth, crops provide shade and promote biodiversity and balance between coffee species.Once the cherries are mature enough, they hand select  the best of cherries to ensure quality. The beans are fermented and washed in artisanal mills to sun dry. Zongolica is a municipality within the region of Veracruz, located in the central zone with mountainous altitudes reaching 2,600masl. 

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 85.25
Variety Colombia, Mixed Heirloom
Region Veracruz
Farm Name Zongolica Microlot
Growing Altitude 1200-1800m

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 85.25
  • Region Veracruz
  • Farm Name Zongolica Microlot
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Colombia, Mixed Heirloom
  • Coffee Grade MEX CA WA SHG
  • Growing Altitude 1200-1800m
  • Country of Origin Mexico
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P608238-4


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