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Mexico Chiapas El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve Fair Trade Organic PDF Print E-mail

Mexico Chiapas El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Fair Trade Organic

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 El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve is truly like taking a step back in time. It is located on the tropical rainforest slopes of the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico. It is a federally protected natural area in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The El Triunfo Reserve is the largest remaining rainforest on the Mexican Pacific coast and is one of the largest cloud forests in Mesoamerica. This area captures about 10% of the total rainfall in Mexico and is home to over 900 species of birds and animals, many of which are threatened or endangered.

It's also home to 15,000-18,000 individuals, many of whom work to produce some of the finest coffee in the world. The workers not only produce fantastic coffee, but are also dedicated to the preservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity of the reserve. El Triunfo also works to preserve natural heritage of Mexico through the promotion of a culture of preservation and sustainable development of the communities.

This coffee features a medium-low acidity and good body. The cup has notes of milk chocolate, caramel, and graham cracker with just a hint of smokiness. The flavors carry though into a pleasantly fading aftertaste. This coffee takes cream very well and make a most excellent latte. It would make an excellent everyday drinker.

 

( $7 ½ lb., $13 lb.)

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Guatemala Huehuetenango, San Juan Microlot PDF Print E-mail

Guatemala Huehuetenango, San Juan Microlot

Fair Trade Organic

 

Huehuetenango San Juan coffee comes from a selection of a few small producers from Huehutenando highlands. This area is the highest and driest of the three non volcanic specialty coffee areas. Huehuetenango possesses on the the most enchanting coffee cultures in Guatemala.

The coffee is produced between 5000 and 5500 feet above sea level. The average rainfall is between 1800mm with a relative humidity of 70-80%. The area is embraced by the warm winds of Tehuantepec, and the cold air masses from the Cuchunatanes mountains..

The ripe red cherries are carefully harvested and selected by these small producers and delivered to a central washing station. Once the cherries have been depulped, fermented in tanks and washed, the parchment is set on concrete patios for sun drying. After this process is completed it is delivered to a milling station where it is carefully sorted, cupped and classified for export.

This microlot from the San Juan region is certified Fair Trade organic.

This is an excellent example of a Guatemalan coffee. The ground coffee has an aroma of wet pine needles. The body is full and rich, which is unusual for most Guatemalans. The medium acidity has a nice citrus quality that reminds me of oranges and couples very nicely with the dark toffee flavors of the brewed coffee. The cup finishes with nice plum flavors that sit on that back of the tongue. Does very well with cream or other milk base drinks (lattes and cappuccinos).

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Costa Rica Tarrazu Robles & Sons PDF Print E-mail

Costa Rica Tarrazu Robles & Sons

Unripe Costa Rica coffee.

 

Robels & Sons farm is owned and operated by Don Calin Robles and his family. The farm was founded in 2004 and has been producing exceptional coffee from the start. The farm is located in the Tarrazu growing region, in the smaller micro region of San Marcos. It consists of about 30 acres of farmable land, which produces about 200-300 bags of coffee per year. The farm also has the advantage of being located at a very high elevation, 1650 meters (about 5,400 feet) above sea level. Coffee grown at such elevations mature slowly, which results in a more dense better tasting coffee.

This small family farm, with its attention to detail and sustainability when growing coffee, is exactly what Mean Cat Coffee like to offer.

Robels and Sons has a bright and vibrant acidity. There is a dry fragrance of caramel and spice with hints of orange. The cup has notes of cinnamon, chocolate, honeysuckle, and a slight raspberry-like tartness. It's a bright coffee with a medium body that really wakes up the palate while still remaining balanced and a very drinkable. Make an excellent morning cup.

 

( $6 ½ lb., $12 lb.)

 

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Honduras Esteban Madrid Microlot PDF Print E-mail

Honduras, Santa Barbra, Esteban Madrid Microlot

Honduras Coffee

 

Honduras is Central America's largest coffee producing country, but speciality coffee from this country has always had a bit of a bad reputation. Although Honduras is known for producing the most coffee, they haven't been know to produce the best coffee. In the past 8 years things have been changing rather quickly. New regions have been discovered, processes have been improved, and most importantly drying protocols have been established. Marcala had been the-coffee-region of Honduras for the longest time, but now new and exciting regions are surfacing to the world market.

 

This is one of the excellent coffees microlot that came out of Honduras this year. It hails from the Santa Barbra region and was grown on the Esteban Madrid farm.The Santa Barbra region first gained notice in 2005 when one of the farms won the Cup of Excellence. Since then the Santa Barbra's collection of small producers and farms has become known for producing exceptional coffee within Honduras.

 

What is a microlot? A microlot is a specific harvest of coffee, usually limited to only 10-75 bags that contains exceptionally cared for beans with an elevated level of traceability back to the farm where it came from. Microlots are some of the world's best coffee because of the care and attention given to them.

 

I would label this as a "big" coffee. It has lots of body, a nice syrupy mouthfeel, and lots of clean oils in the cup. Great for the brisk fall and winter mornings. The dry fragrance of the ground coffee has a unique green vegital aroma, almost like peas, which reminds me of a coffee from Papua New Guinea. The cup is full bodied with great chocolates couple with hints of rasin and dark caramels. The oily nature of this coffee offers a delightfully lingering aftertaste.This coffee also make very nice espresso shots and lattes.

 

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Nicaragua Mozonte Un Regalo de Dios, Maragogype PDF Print E-mail

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Beneficio Las Segovias is the farm of Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada, who runs Las Segovias mill as well. The farm name means "A Gift from God" and reflects the convictions of the owner. It was recognized as the best Nicaragua coffee in the Coffee of the Year competition at SCAA in 2010 (with a solid but not sky-high 85.5 points). Then it won 3rd place in the Cup of Excellence in 2010 with a more impressive 91.3 points, a Presidential Award score. They donated all their CoE proceeds, no small amount of money, to a home building project and church in the area of the farm. Sr. Ballardes is a new owner of the farm, but his family has deep roots in coffee farming. The farm ranges on steep slopes from 1350 meters up to 1700 meters, and only about 1/3 of the land (41 hectares) is planted in coffee.

 

Maragoype Coffee Bean ComparisonThis is a prime example of the Maragogype varietal of Arabica coffee. This mutation was first discovered in the Maragogype region of Brazil's state of Bahia. Maragogype trees produce the world's largest coffee beans, sometimes called "elephant'" beans . Maragogype beans are grown in several countries and are a sought-after coffee for their smooth flavor as well as attractive appearance. Unfortunately, because their yield is low, Maragogype trees are expensive to maintain, and at the end of their productive lives, many of the trees are being replaced with more "normal" growths. See the picture to the left for a comparison of a Maragogype bean to a normal coffee bean.

 

This is a very interesting, shape-shifting, richly aromatic, and delicious cup of coffee. The dry fragrance has aromatics of Root beer and cinnamon, with pungent floral fruit. It's incredibly and surprisingly floral with citrus on the break. The root beer shows up in the warm cup with some light lemon frosting flavors. There's soft honeydew melon with an expansive mouthfeel and root beer and cherry in the finish. As it cools, the cup is more floral, with the pungent floral papaya coming through in a big way.

 

( $7 ½ lb., $14 lb.)

 

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