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Quaffee - Mexico Monte Alban Ltd Release

R 180.00

We receive fresh deliveries of these coffee beans several times per week. Please allow up to 2-3 working days after you order for dispatch in case we need to wait for the next delivery.

Please understand that if you buy green / unroasted coffee that it will need to be roasted before it can be ground or brewed. The unroasted coffee is labelled as such in the Bag Size drop down menu.

Mexican specialty coffee is not very common in South Africa. In fact, up until recently, only our friends at Origin Coffee Roasting were getting hold of Mexican specialty lots to offer as single origins. The only (quite notable) exception to that trend was one very special CoE lot that our friends at Quaffee shared with us many years ago, but since then, they haven't had any other Mexican coffees.

Despite its relative rarity in South Africa, Mexican specialty coffee is becoming more and more sought after on a global scale. Some regions in the country offer very good growing conditions, and there has been an increasing focus on quality within the national industry.

All of this makes us pretty excited to taste this latest offering. Grown by small-scale farmers who have collectively earned organic certifications, this coffee should offer an opportunity to taste Mexcian specialty coffee at its best.

Phaedon's tasting notes

I like to think of this coffee as a specialty comfort coffee. There's nothing unsophisticated about it, but it still has that hug-in-a-mug kind of feel to it. My tasting notes include things like "honey with a touch of lemon", "delicate", "creamy", "nutty", and in a Hario V60, even "Werther's Original". It's quite lovely.

I had great results in most brew methods. I only struggled with my Chemex and moka pot brews, though I may have been to blame for the failures. Every other cup was simply delightful. It should be just what you need on those slightly colder mornings.

Quaffee's notes

Sourced from Caravela coffee, this Mexican Monte Alban, scratches an itch we had been developing. A great coffee with citric flavours that reminded us of raspberries as they ripen, giving way to cane sugar sweetness and finishing with real vanilla.

  • Characteristics: 4-star complexity with fruit, sugar cane sweetness and vanilla with a medium body
  • Roast used: What we nickname a bump and a kick. Medium charge with intense heat to start. Followed by moderate heat to flatten the ramp rate, browning. Finishing with intense heat and a medium development in first crack.

Brewing recommendations

  • Espresso: 1:2.2 (28s)
  • Plunger: 48g:800g
  • Aeropress: 20g:200g
  • Pour-over/filter: 18g:300g

Coffee details

  • Country: Mexico
  • Region: Putla, Sola de Vega, Miahuatlán, Yautepec, Municipalities of Oaxaca
  • Farmers: Around 400 small-scale producers from Sierra Sur de Oaxaca
  • Processing: Traditional fully washed process in micro-mills at each farm
  • Altitude grown: 1,300 – 1,900 meters above sea level
  • Variety: Arabica / Bourbon and Typica
  • Certifications: NOP, EU organic

Caravela's information on this coffee

Monte Alban is the 1000-year-old Zapotec ruin that can be seen from the coffee farms that are hidden in the mountains surrounding the site. Oaxaca city, near the ruin, is a culinary hot spot in Mexico with a food culture that has been influenced and perfected by the long and complex history of the region.

Monte Alban is one of the earliest Meso-American great urban centres of the classical period. The site was at its peak of importance between 200-600 AD but fell into decline in 800 AD. The Zapotec were an advanced ancient culture that made many developments in the area of astronomy, writing and even medicine. After their mysterious abandonment, the site was used by other groups including the Mixtec, who on recognising the site as spiritually significant, used it for burials.

The long and complicated history of this place really does create a sense of magic, a joining of the past to the present through culture, artefacts and delicious coffee. Coffee growers from this region have been producing coffee for more than three generations in a very traditional and mostly organic way. We have been working with these very small communities to help them certify their farms and add value to their product.

Quaffee's transparency information

  • Sourced: Caravela
  • FOB price: USD 4.20/pound
  • Cupping score: 84.5
  • Logistics: Cost ZA19.67 / kg. Coffee was included in a consolidated seasonal order of Colombian coffees.
  • Lot size bought: 1 x 69kg GrainPro bag
  • Relationship: Quaffee's relationship with Caravela goes back to 2008.