Mexico is another one of those coffee-related Cindarella stories.
For years the Mexican coffee industry was stuck in a rut - attempting to produce volume with less attention or focus upon quality.
When they finally realized that playing near the bottom and being regarded as "just a blender" was not healthy for their industry or the communities that relied upon coffee farming for survival, the Mexican coffee industry started to investigate and implement strategies and practices to improve qualities.
First of these were greater adoption of Organic farming and in this area Mexico, along with Peru, dramatically increased their ratio of certified Organic coffee production. This was the first step to raising the profile and reputation for quality.
Mexican farmers then begain to grade their raw coffees more thoroughly, rather than just blending good and average qualities together to make up a basic standard for export grades, they seperated and isolated the really great lots and marketed these seperately through specialty channels.
Soon Mexican coffees were standing alongside Costa Rica and Guatemala as beautiful examples of coffee perfection.
Mexican farmers also started to experiment with different processing methods such as semi-washed and full naturals. Back in 2013/4 I tasted some amazing coffees from San Christobal that to this day were way better than comparable Ethiopians at the time.
We found an exceptional micro lot from Pluma that is certified Organic.
This coffee has superb balance and for a washed coffee it produces exceptional aromatics.
Sticky toffee with interesting spices and acids that combine to enhance an already superb cup. Scoring 86 points at the cupping table we think this coffee is a superstar.
Perfect for milk-based espresso - latte, cappuccino and flat white.
Mexican coffees continue to climb the quality ladder to success.
We are fans of the wonderful complexity from the best quality Mexican arabicas.
This lot is certified Organic and emits the most aromatic fragrance I have ever experienced from a fully washed coffee.
You can smell it from a mile away and as they say.....you drink with your nose and eyes first.
As the roaster, I particularly like this coffee in my top 3.......it's ridiculously good and deserves your attention - I can't rave enough about this coffee as it leave me "lost for words".