Mexico cooperative lot hits all the classic notes
A perfect anytime cup
Lower elevation coffees like Mexico El Triunfo often exhibit a different cup character than their higher elevation counterparts. Most of the coffees we source hail from higher elevation farms (1600+ masl), where cooler days and nights (amongst other reasons) lead to slower seed development. This gradual maturation is key to the plant's creation of complex flavors and acidity - which brings us back to lower elevation coffees - what good are they anyway? For starters, you might like a coffee with lower acidity! Roasting darker decreases acidity, but also increases bitterness, and isn’t, as we’ve learned, the only way to enjoy a lower acid brew. Additionally, a lower grown coffee can exhibit a fuller body. Fuller cups are friendlier to cream and when they’re as good as El Triunfo, can be so satisfying on their own too.
Cradled in the highlands of the Sierra Madres, El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve provides an ideal safe-haven for cloud forests, incredible biological diversity, and you guessed it - coffee farms (organic only)! Dotting the Reserve’s buffer zone, these one acre, family-owed garden-farms each contribute a small amount of freshly-picked coffee berries to the nearby CESMACH processing mill. The fully-titled "Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas” coffee farming cooperative serves almost five hundred small holder farmers from thirty-two communities within Sierra Madre de Chiapas by assisting with quality, social, and environmental projects and best practices.
Mexico's genetics are firmly rooted in the first Arabica cultivars - Typica and Bourbon - to populate the world’s coffeelands outside of Ethiopia. These two high-quality cultivars are near the top of coffee professionals’ “Best of Cultivar" lists. This lot's third cultivar, Mundo Novo, is very popular in Brazil and is a naturally occurring hybrid of Bourbon and Sumatra varieties. Mundo Novo grows best at lower elevations around 1000+ masl, so it makes a lot of sense for the 1200+ masl Chiapas region.
If fuller-bodied, lower-acid coffees hit your spot, Mexico El Triunfo is just the brew for you. A popular and versatile cup, this coffee performs well in press pot and auto-dripper formats. Get dialed-into chocolate, candy bar, and lemon by starting with a 1:16.5 brew ratio, filtered water at 206-208℉, a medium grind, and a 3-3.5 minute brew cycle. The extraction yield ranges from Snickers bar and graham cracker at the lower end to cocoa and lemon bitters at higher extractions.