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Mexico La Cascada

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Regular price $ 16.00




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
VARIETY: Bourbon
FERMENTATION: Wet 15 hours
DRYING: 3 days on a patio
TASTING NOTES: Nutella and Brown Sugar

Farm Level

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.

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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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.


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 for more questions about this.

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


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.


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.


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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