NUTELLA + BROWN SUGAR | RICH + EASY DRINKING
A simple and satisfying coffee from a new-to-us CO-OP in the far reaches of Chiapas. Organically grown by producer Lucas Velazquez Bartolon near the El Triunfo Biosphere reserve, this coffee is the best of his small operation has to offer. Sweet low tones of nutella and brown sugar characterize this approachable cup and chocolatey cup.
ORIGIN: Chipas, Mexico
PRODUCER: Lucas Velazquez Bartolon
ALTITUDE: 1500 - 1900 masl
FERMENTATION: Wet 15 hours
DRYING: 3 days on a patio
TASTING NOTES: Nutella and Brown Sugar
ROAST TYPE: Medium
Located in Chiapas’s Santo Domingo zone, the Ismam cooperative has been a fantastic new trade partner for us. 2019 is their first year exporting anything other than large FTO containers as well as the first time that anyone approached them about lot separations. They were very excited to separate lots, focus on quality, gain more differentiation in the marketplace, and receive much higher prices for their work.
Ismam’s members grow Caturra, Bourbon, Typica, and some Maragogype that they harvest separately. They then wet-ferment the coffees for 12 to 18 hours, followed by 3 days of drying. They also sell quite a bit of roasted coffee locally. Their coffees, all of which are certified Fair Trade Organic, come with notes of raisin, brown sugar, and grapefruit. From this subregion you can see Guatemala, and while the coffees share many beautiful characteristics, coffees from Ismam represent their own unique profile.
Lucas Velazquez Bartolon’s lot was selected by cupping and approving samples submitted from his 7 hectare farm in the Siltepec district surrounding and bordering the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, near the border with Guatemala. The shade grown plots and organic practices help to provide a “buffer zone” to protect the highly important forest biodiversity. This year’s lot represents a base level from which we hope and expect to see improved quality over the next few years given the incredible potential that exists in this region from the varieties,altitude and rich soils.