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Mexico Finca Santa Cruz

Regular price $ 18.00

MEXICO

FINCA SANTA CRUZ

RAISIN, DATE + BLACK GRAPE | BUTTER COOKIE SWEETNESS

Classic and modern all at the same time.  Agronomically advanced cultivation techniques and careful processing give an unexpected complexity to a classic Chiapas cup profile.  Layers of dark fruits such as raisin, date, and black grape dart across the palette while a grounding butter cookie sweetness provides a comforting base layer for this wonderful coffee.

 


BEAN DETAILS:

ORIGIN: Chiapas, Mexico
VARIETY: Bourbon, Typica, Yellow Caturra, Geisha
ELEVATION: 1360-1750 masl
PROCESS: Washed
FERMENTATION: 20-72 hours, dry in concrete tanks
DRYING: 17-25 days, raised beds
TASTING NOTES: Raisin, date, black grape and butter cookie sweetness
ROAST TYPE: Medium

Farm Level

Of all our new relationships in Chiapas this year, Finca Santa Cruz is one of
the most exciting. Run by the innovative Pepé Arguello, the farm is already achieving
widespread notoriety in just its third year running. Last year, Pepe won COE Mexico. He was willing to sell in the auction market but wanted to build something deeper, especially with the rest of his product (just as excellent, but at a more accessible quality tier), mostly made up of Bourbon, Typica, Yellow Caturra, and some Geisha. Pepe’s lots’ flavor profiles include ripe purple fruit like black currant, raisin, date, and plum, a saturated amber honey sweetness, and a complex acidity, both tartaric and malic, layered throughout.

Pepé’s father was a well-known producer in Chiapas, and when Pepé purchased Finca
Santa Cruz, he decided to build the business around specialty. With land at 1700 masl
on the Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, his farming practices reflect his desire for a more
precise, agronomically advanced, and conservation-focused approach: he harvests cherry according to Brix (measuring the sugar content of the fruit), ferments according to pH (the actual acidity of the fermentation), and generally seeks experimentation, growth, and collaboration. The area is biodiverse, filled with native Inga trees that also provide shade, allowing the coffee to grow in harmony with the surrounding reserve rather than in conflict with it. Pepe’s goal is to slowly increase production as well as quality and gain wider international recognition.

While Pepé is still a small-scale farmer at 60 hectares, we’re excited to have a slightly larger lot to offer from him than what we’re usually able to get at the producer ID level (for instance, all the farmers we work with in Oaxaca are extreme smallholders averaging just 1-2 hectares). We’re able to provide a deeper commitment than what Pepe would find at the auction level and find good homes for the whole range of coffee he produces.

Community-wise, the local workforce is integral to Finca Santa Cruz’s success in meeting demand. After the community helps harvest cherry, Pepe first floats the cherry in water, then ferments for 20-72 hours in concrete tanks depending on outside factors like weather and ambient temperature, using pH as his guide. He then dries washed parchment on raised beds with mesh covering for 17-25 days. He uses a hydrometer to measure the level of moisture in the coffee during drying. We’re excited to work together to help him customize processing for different clients and continue to invest in and improve quality.

His practices also help inform and grow education in the surrounding farmer population. He carries on the legacy of his father and his community while advancing with the technologies of the present, producing a truly stellar product.

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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