About the bean
Let's get this out of the way first, our new batch of mighty Mex is from that most beloved of Mexican coffee regions, Chiapas state in southern Mexico, next door to another coffee favourite: Guatemala. Chiapas is known for its mountainous highlands, gob-smacking scenery, humid climate and the rains that ensure its volcanic soil stays optimal for coffee cultivation. Chiapas is also famous for extraordinary Mayan ruins nestled in lush jungles, colonial architecture and picturesque towns, diverse bird life and wildlife, and as a refuge for indigenous culture and tradition that lives on in the region's excellent cuisine. And the coffee ...
Coffee was originally introduced to this part of Mexico by border neighbour Guatemala, which may explain why Chiapas offerings are so often compared to the best of Guatemala: medium body, medium brightness, a dash of spice and a sweet complexity with a lovely chocolate finish.
Region: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
Variety: Marsellesa, Costa Rica, Typica and Caturrai
Altitude: 1,100 – 1,350 MASL
Process: Washed with fermentation
HG: High grown - typically, the inherent consistency and taste attributes of beans grown at higher altitudes makes them more desirable, and generally more expensive than coffees grown at lower elevations.
EP: European Prep indicates the coffee has undergone rigorous sorting - usually by hand to ensure defective beans and foreign material have been removed.
CUPPING NOTES: White chocolate, baked apples, mild acidity.
This batch of Mexican Chiapas offers a light to medium body with little acidity. Expect a well-balanced coffee with delicate fruit notes and some spice overtones. Serve to preference and enjoy. We opted for a darker roast profile for body.
Roast Recommendation: City to Full City. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
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