ALMOND SNICKERS, BLOOD ORANGE, CHERRY TART + LEMON ZEST
Back again, Juan Lopez' coffee is a real treat. From a tiny parcel, 5 minutes walk from the town center of San Pedro Yosotatu, this coffee is a special one. Dense sweetness and rich goodness. This is the cup we crave on winter mornings. Flavors of almond snickers, blood orange, cherry tart, and lemon zest.
ORIGIN: Yosotatu, Oaxaca, Mexico
PRODUCER: Juan Lopez
ELEVATION: 1500-2200 masl
VARIETY: Bourbon, Typica
PROCESS: Washed and dried on homemade dried beds
TASTING NOTES: Almond snickers, blood orange, cherry tart, and lemon zest.
ROAST TYPE: Light
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.
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.