Notes: White Grape, Nougat & Cacao
Origin: Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico
Producer: Ernest Perez, Finca Fatima
Importer: Red Fox Coffee Merchants
Processing: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1250 masl
Harvest: Spring 2020
Varieties: Typica, Garnica & Marsellesa
Ernesto Perez is a younger farmer who recently took over operations of his parents’ farm, Finca Fatima. Ernesto wants to help move his community production into high quality specialty, tweak processing, focus on micro-lots, and help those around him make a little more money on their work. Ernesto’s coffee placed especially high in the 2018 and 2019 COE and was used by the 2019 Mexico barista champion. This year he decided to expand his own wet mill into APG Coffee, a micro wet mill that other smaller farmers in Coatepec could use. APG also offers agronomic consulting for other farmers to help rebuild soils, increase quality, and overall help the community of Coatepec do their best work and make as much money as possible.
Coatepec has some of the highest latitude coffee on the globe: just like high elevations yield slow cherry maturation due to cooler weather, this community pushes the northern edge of the tropics, where cooler, slightly wetter weather and long, cool nights during the harvest slow down cherry ripening, creating an incredible density of flavor.