Mexico - Huatusco - Washed - Espresso (Rainforest Alliance)
Huatusco is a washed processed coffee of the Columbia, Sarchimor and (the new to us) Oro Azteca varietal.
As a guide, expect a rich and somewhat traditional style espresso. It offers a very solid dark chocolate body, similar in taste to a very good quality dark cacao chocolate bar (Think Green & Black's). It contains a nougat style sweetness, a layer of rich brazil nuts and low / muted acidity.
Together it makes for a great crowd pleasing coffee that performs exceptionally well served either black or with milk. Intense, not too complex, but with good definition.
DARK CHOCOLATE / NOUGAT / BRAZIL NUTS
How you can brew this coffee:
Espresso, Cafetiere, Stove Top (Moka Pot), Aeropress and Drip Machine (Moccamaster, Wilfa Classic etc).
Coffee is produced in the central mountainous region of the state of Veracruz (Huatusco and surrounding municipalities). The majority are small farmers of 1 hectare and medium farmers of 18 hectares (on average). This is a common scenario in Mexico, where most farms are too small to generate sufficient output to create an entire lot themselves. This issue is resolved by either collectives, coops or washing stations, acting on behalf of numerous small holders that are growing coffee with very similar taste profiles.
It's sometimes a nice story to hear about a single farms efforts to create a beautiful crop of coffee, in a single varietal, with a focus on quality processing and dedication for excellence. However, it is much more common to buy what is referred to as a regional blend (such as this one), where lots of smallholders benefit from a collective effort, sometime supported by a coffee exporter, charity or NGO. It is this scenario there is a much higher level of positive socio-economic benefit being created, and those who often struggle to generate a decent / fair income through coffee farming can be the true beneficiaries. An example of a coffee supply chain in positive effect.
Huatusco is the perfect region to grow coffee thanks to its abundant rainfall. Farms are advanced and very well organised. Processing coffee in Huatusco is slightly more complicated than in other Mexican regions during coffee harvest season due to the rainy days and very cold nights (which delay the fermentation process). Due to this complexity, farmers tend to sell their coffee cherries to local washing stations to avoid losses and improve the coffees chances of being well processed and command a good / fair price.
The cherries are delivered to the wet mill during the afternoon and evening. The coffee is then de-pulped and fermented for an average of 15 - 20 hours and then washed, before being centrifugated, pre-dried and passed through a drying machine in a continuous flow for 30 - 36 hours, ensuring avoidance of defects due to excess of moisture.
The three varietals in this coffee are Columbia, Sarchimor and Oro Azteca. The first two are fairly well known, with the latter being considerably lesser known. Oro Azteca is a cross between Timor Hybrid 832/1 x Caturra, which helps generate high yields, but also offers a high resistance to leaf rust - an ongoing challenge to Mexican coffee farmers, damaging crops and impacting income generation.
Hauatusco is a small town in the north of Veracruz, which is a long thin region in the south east of the country. This area was the first ever Mexican state to have coffee trees planted back in the 18th century. It's considered the most advanced state for growing coffee, with knowledge levels being high and altitudes being great for growth between 1100-1600 masl.
Huatusco de Chicuellar (commonly known as Huatusco), is a city in the state of Veracruz in the South East of Mexico.
- Location: Huatusco, Veracruz, Mexico
- Varietals: Columbia, Sarchimor and Oro Azteca
- Process: Washed
- Elevation: 1100-1450 masl
- Weight: 250g / 1KG
- Roast: Espresso
- If you are interested in serving this coffee in your business, please get in touch on either email@example.com or call us on 0131 656 9565