Color Roasters

Color Coffee Roasters is the culmination of years of obsession, backyard tinkering, and the desire to spread the gospel of great coffee.

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Mexico Mixteca

Regular price $ 17.00

MEXICO

MIXTECA

SWEET CHOCOLATE CANDIES | DRIED FRUITS, CARAMEL APPLE + TOASTED MARSHMALLOW

Our first lot from Mexico this year is a regional blend from our favorite producing zone:  The Sierra Mixteca Mountains.  This is a special place filled with amazing producers, very isolated from modern society.  The coffee growing conditions are perfect here and we're so thrilled to offer these wonderful coffees to you.

Round and sweet, comforting with depth.  The flavors come across as sweet chocolate candies with hints of dried fruits, caramel apple, and toasted marshmallow.   Makes great espresso and drip!

 


BEAN DETAILS:

ORIGIN: Oaxaca, Mixteca, Mexico
VARIETY: Typica & Bourbon
ELEVATION: 1700-2200 masl
PROCESS: Washed
FERMENTATION: Dry 18-24 hours
DRYING: Patio and petate mats
TASTING NOTES: sweet chocolate candies with hints of dried fruits, caramel apple, and toasted marshmallow
ROAST TYPE: Medium

Farm Level

Oaxaca is an enigma in many ways but also can produce some of the very best cups
in the country. Production here is still overwhelmingly driven by original lines 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, sessionable 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.

Mixteca is the first group we worked with in Mexico: they are where it all began for us. After finding an in with one small association, we’ve continued to dig in and branch out, exploring new relationships. We now work with seven communities in Mixteca. Bringing notes of fresh berry, honey, and citrus like tangerine and meyer lemon, coffees from Mixteca are heavily made up of old Bourbon and Typica varieties. The subregion has very distinct dry and rainy seasons, with weather generated from Pacific ocean. As well as a geographic area, Mixteca also refers to an indigenous group and a language. Like most regions in Oaxaca, they use a traditional washed process: they float cherry to sort for density, depulp the coffee, ferment without water for 18 to 24 hours, then wash it and dry it on patate mats, raised beds, or patio.

General Brewing Instructions

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Brewing great coffee at home can be easy.  The essential tools are critical to making it happen.  They include:
  • Filtered water.  Spring water is ideal.  Removing chloride, sulfur, and iron is essential.
  • A burr grinder.  The more even the coffee particles, the better the coffee.  Burr grinders, whether manual or electric, will do a better job than "whirly-blade" grinders.  Invest in a burr grinder.  Your taste buds (and coffee roaster) will thank you.
  • A scale.  I know using a scale can seem a bit like you're doing something you shouldn't be.  Trust me, you can only brew consistently great coffee with a scale.  Water and coffee are hard to measure without one.
  • Clean equipment.  Properly cleaning your equipment is the only way to avoid stale and rancid coffee flavors entering your cup.  Please keep your equipment clean.  The sooner and more often you clean your gear, the easier it will be in the long run.  Add it to your ritual and thank us later.
  • Delicious and freshly roasted Color Coffee
Now that you have the tools, the rest is easy.  There are infinite numbers of ways to brew coffee.  Here are some of our favorites, with links to coffee professionals who we admire and trust:

Coffee Faq

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IS YOUR COFFEE ORGANIC OR FAIR TRADE?

In many cases, yes. However, our first priority is quality and flavor. Sometimes these priorities align and our producers are certified organic and/or fair trade. We always pay well above fair trade rates (which are quite low and don’t guarantee sustainability or quality).

Often times, the producers we work with are too small to gain certifications. It’s expensive and laborious. Many of our producers are certified organic and fair trade, including many of our producers in Peru, Ethiopia, and Mexico.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME-FRAME TO DRINK MY COFFEE?

We recommend drinking our coffee within one month of the roast date. Most of our coffees taste best however within 2 - 14 days of roast date.

For espresso, we recommend using coffee that has rested at least 7 days after roast date. This is because coffee gives off CO2 after roasting that can interfere with extraction. One way to get around this is to let your ground espresso dose sit for 30-120 minutes before pulling the shot. Email info@colorroasters.com for more questions about this.

If you are pre-grinding the coffee, we recommend drinking the coffee within one week of grinding.

CAN YOU GRIND MY COFFEE ON WEB ORDERS?

Yes, we can. Please select how you want your coffee to be ground at the time you place your order. Simply click on the arrow beside "Grind" and make your selection. If you need help choosing let us know the brewing method you will be using to prepare the coffee, in the notes of the order. And we will be happy to grind the coffee for you on our commercial grinder.

DO YOU HAVE BREW RECIPES?

These are in the works! We are compiling a bunch and even shooting some video, to help you brew like us at home.

In the meantime...go here: Pour Overs Aeropress to get some expert advice.

MY COFFEE TASTES WEAK, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

A weak brew could the result of a couple things.  First of all, you want to make sure you're using the proper amount of water and coffee.  If you use too much water or not enough coffee, you won't be able to get the strength you need.  A digital scale will ensure you can get the measurements right.  Start with 1 gram of coffee to 16 grams of water and adjust to taste!
The second problem could be a grind size that is too course.  If the coffee bits are too big, you won't be able to pull enough flavor out and the brew will taste weak.  In general for drip coffee, the grind size should be the size of beach sand.  You can also use the brew time to help judge if you're grind is correct.  Most brewing methods should take between 3 and 5 minutes.  If it's going faster than this, it's likely your grind size isn't fine enough.  Grind finer and taste it!

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