Notes: Mango, Butterscotch & Marzipan
Origin: San Pedro Yosotatu, Oaxaca, Mexico
Producer: Multiple Smallholder Farmers Surrounding San Pedro Yosotatu
Importer: Red Fox Coffee Merchants
Processing: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1700-1900 masl
Harvest: Winter-Spring 2021
Varieties: Typica & Bourbon
In 2020 we introduced our first offerings from Mexico. Building on our strong partnership with Red Fox Coffee Merchants, we have committed to bringing in coffee from Mexico to help support their sourcing initiatives. The quality being produced by our southern neighbor continues to impress us yearly, making these some of our most highly anticipated offerings of the year.
From Red Fox:
Oaxaca produces some of the very best coffees in the Mexico. Production here is still overwhelmingly driven by original varieties of Bourbon and Typica, including the unique Pluma variety in the southern coastal mountains. With 16 distinct indigenous groups/cultures alone, many of which grow coffee; the region is incredibly diverse from an environmental, climatic, and social perspective. There are so many logistical and cost of production challenges here but that’s what excites and drives us to get better and bring these lots to more of our roasting clients and their end consumers. These are vibrant, delicious & sweet coffees that seem to disappear from your cup because they go down so easily.
Our relationships are the deepest in Oaxaca. We’ve been building up our supply chain from the farm level (producers here average 1-2 hectares) in terms of quality improvement and separations as well as price negotiations and premiums, rather than working from the exporter or co-op level down. Financing is a big challenge farmers face here and we are committed to working creatively to solve this in both the short and long term.
These lots represent an enormous effort of selecting and vetting for quality, and not just in the cup. They all pass strict moisture content and water activity parameters as well. We build all our bulk regional and community lots by evaluating each individual farmer’s deliveries, and we are paying a minimum price that far exceeds the rate that these farmers receive through traditional channels.