||Mexico La Yerba Natural 2011
||Varietals:Typica, Bourbon, Caturra
I have an admission to make right now: I don't like Mexican coffee.
I never have. I tried to like it in the past and just couldn't do it. So why do I have a Mexican coffee on offer here? Well, we were presented with a whole heap of samples from Mexico. We cup every sample we are sent, and we cup them blind. This way my preconceptions of hating Mexican coffees can be left at the door and I can let the cupping table tell me how much I dislike them.
In the past this has served me well, with me ending up passing over or rejecting many samples. But with this heap of samples something strange happened. I liked three of them! I know, I was just as surprised as you are.
This comes from a small group of cooperative growers located in the west, close to the volcano San Juan in the Nayarit region, near the town of La Yerba. The lots that we looked at have been separated, cupped, and graded to decide their quality. They have then been bar coded so that they can be traced back to where they were from, and any extra cupping info added. Quite a database.
So in the cup, what did I see on this cupping table? Think 1970 – 1980s. Think Black Forest gateaux. There is a delicious, deep, dark chocolate, but dancing across the palate is this black cherry that doesn't go away. A lovely creamy finish just tops off the description perfectly. A blast from childhood in a great and well prepared coffee. Never thought I would say that about a Mexican.
Coop: La Yerba
Varietals:Typica, Bourbon, Caturra
Altitude:1100 metres masl
Best taken to a medium, just taken into second crack then stopped.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Black forest Gateaux, black cherry, chocolate, cream, huge mouthfeel.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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