PEÑA COLORADA, Community Micro-Lot
This is an delicious, complex coffee from a really remote area and is among the best Mexican coffees we’ve ever tasted. Notes of blood orange and papaya with a sugary, nougat sweetness.
CULTIVAR: Typica, Mundo Novo, Bourbon
PREPARATION: Fully Washed
LOCATION: Sierra Mazateca, Oaxaca
ALTITUDE: 1,600 - 1,800 masl
The Sierra Mazateca mountain range is located to the north of Oaxaca city and forms much of the state’s border with Veracruz. The region is very remote and hard to access and marked by its steep and dramatic topography. Even by Oaxaca’s low standards production yields are tiny here, in part due to the cool temperatures. The climate and altitude also contribute positively to the cup profile and in general, coffees from the Mazateca are among the most complex and highest quality in all of Mexico.
The Peña Colorada group is not a formal co-op or association but rather a community led producer group that is co-ordinated by Felipe Palacios. Felipe is a retired teacher from the Mazateca who now works to co-ordinate coffee producers in the region.
All the coffee is pulped, often with hand pulpers then fermented for around 48 hours, typically in wooden tanks before being dried on petates, traditional hand-woven mats.