COCOA, CHERRY, BROWN SUGAR
The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform it’s chemical & physical properties, resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.
We roasted this selection with our bold profile to enhance its body and bring out its natural sweetness. The darker roast accentuates the sweet cherry and brown sugar notes found in these beans.
Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.
Surrounded by the mountains of Veracruz, Huatusco is a weekend destination for many residents of Mexico City and Xalapa. The same features that attract tourists (the striking mountains, moderate temperatures and flowing rivers) also make this area perfect for growing coffee.
The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.
SMALL FAMILY FARMS
The coffee farms around Huatusco are mostly small, family-owned operations. The typical farm in the region consists of less than 12 acres.
The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.
A European-processed coffee, this selection has been carefully sorted by hand (instead of with screens). European-processed coffees are generally of a higher quality than those that have not been hand-sorted, but the difference in quality can be especially noticeable with hard bean crops, like this one.
Hard-bean coffees grow at high elevations and are relatively small. Although the difficult growing conditions they face produce a higher quality bean, their smaller size makes sorting out any immature beans extra important. That’s why European processing can be especially helpful when working with hard-bean selections.
Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.
BOURBON, TYPICA, CATURRA AND CATUAI
Four varietals of coffee are grown in and around Huatusco:
- Bourbon and Typica, which are the two oldest coffee varietals
- Caturra, which is a derivation from Bourbon and is known for produce good beans at high elevations
- Catuai, which comes from Caturra and another Bourbon derivation, and is known for having high acidity