COATEPEC COFFEE BEANS
This Coatepec Coffee Beans was produced by various farmers working in the area surrounding Coatepec, in the Mexican state of Veracruz. All the farmers contributing to this lot farm the rich, volcanic soils of Northern Veracruz, nearby the historic town of Xalapa (var. Jalapa) – the state’s beautiful capital.
Organic Coatepec Coffee Beans
32 oz Bag / 907 kg
The name Xalapa (ha-la-pa) comes from the Nahuatl roots xālli [ˈʃaːlːi] “sand” and āpan [ˈaːpan] “water place”, translating more or less to ‘spring in the sand’. The mention of water is appropriate; unlike the common perception of Veracruz as all palm trees and humid heat, the mountains around the capital city are high in elevation and their cool and cloudy climes are perfect for growing high-quality coffee.
The municipality of Coatepec borders Xalapa to the south and shares the same, unique climate. The primary farm contributing to this lot (60%) – Finca Consolapan – is known throughout the area as one of the best farms in the region. And it is certainly one of the most interesting!
For all the farms in the Coatepec region, climate change can very clearly be seen. Previously in the region, there was very little issue with coffee leaf rust or coffee borer beetle. Average temperatures hovered at 18-22°C. However, today these averages have increased to 27 – 35°C and various illnesses and plagues (including coffee leaf rust) have begun to affect coffee trees even at higher altitudes. Furthermore, flowering periods and ripening times have been affected, and the harvest period has begun to vary quite a bit from crop to crop. Climate change also has other impacts: for instance, beneficial insects such as bees (so crucial to pollination) frequent Consolapan much less these days.
Varietal: Caturra, Typica & Garnica
Processing: Fully washed & dried in Guardiola’s
Altitude: 1,263 meters above sea level
Town / City: Coatepec
Overall: Nutty, biscuit, caramel
One of Mexico’s finest coffees, Altura Coatepec is a wet-processed (washed) coffee known for its light body as well as a nutty flavor and pleasing light and delicate acidity – a brightness that often exhibits chocolaty overtones.
Coatepec Coffee Growing Region
Coatepec is a high-grown coffee from Veracruz State, Mexico on the northern hills of the region’s central mountain range. Coatepec is a market name and Altura is Spanish for “heights,” referring to coffee grown at higher elevations.
The town of Coatepec is about 9 miles (15 km) south of Xalapa and is known for its many historic red tiles. Also, see Mexican Coffee.
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