One 12 oz. compostable Biotre bag.
When visiting with Jesús Salazar in February of 2017 (towards the middle-end of the harvest season), he was kind enough to take us to two different municipalities just outside of San Cristóbal de las Casas so that we could meet and visit with the growers of the coffees we were cupping each evening. Driving out of San Cristóbal and into the rural mountains of Chiapas will forever be a memorable experience. As you leave the grid of tightly packed roads in the city center, the world opens up to a winding roller coaster through the countryside. Continue traversing deeper, and the pavement turns to dirt as you become more and more encompassed by the lush green mountains. The landscape becomes more magical and mystical when you get closer to the clouds. At nearly 2000 masl there are no large cities or loud noises. On the contrary, there are only small, quiet villages overlooking vast valleys of greenery. Within each village we visited we were able to directly observe and hear explanations surrounding each farmers’ different growing, processing, and drying practices that made their coffees unique. We are extremely excited and honored to be sharing what we have selected and will be highlighting a total of four farmers throughout the year - all of which are from the exact same village of San Pedro. With some help from Walker Coffee Trading, we were able to import these coffees to the United States for the first time ever.
Our third offering is from the same producer that was featured in the previous release, Lucas y Pedro. This is Pedro Vázquez’s washed version of that coffee. Don Pedro and Jesús first met through Pedro’s daughters, Inez and Lupita. Both daughters were working as skilled baristas at one of Jesús’s coffee shops in San Cristóbal de las Casas, and they asked if he would be interested in trying their father’s coffee. Because of this connection, Jesús is now close with the entire family, and Pedro is very open to communication about ideas and innovations. It wasn’t surprising at all that his coffee was so fantastic as he seemed to be the most enthusiastic adopter of trying new methods under the guidance of Jesús. While it didn’t happen this year, Pedro proclaimed to us that his goal is to win the Mexico Cup of Excellence at some point. He is extremely quality focused and obviously saw the potential for what he could produce in the highlands. This washed coffee from Pedro Vázquez simultaneously displays rich and comforting flavors (lots of chocolate sweetness) while remaining remarkably clean and delicate in the mouthfeel. The acidity is juicy and fruit forward, yet it is balanced and never overwhelming. Pedro Vázquez is an all-around knockout. Seriously - it tastes like a chocolate orange. Hello holiday season.