Adicity 7,5 - 8 Medium acidity, critus. Sweetness 8 - 8,5 – Intense honey sweetness, peach. Character 8,5 – Citrus fruits. Body: 7,5 - Medium body, pleasant. Balance: 7,5 – 8 – Good balance; Highly recommeded as: espresso
Mexico is now the fifth largest producer in the world with an output of around 5 million bags per year. However, much of the actual production takes place on small farms of less than two hectares and as such much of the country’s coffee is produced by cooperatives. This particular coffee however is from a single farm, Muxbal, which stands on the slopes of the active Tacana volcano. The farm is managed by mother and son team Maeggi Rodriguez and Jorge Gallardo. They follow three key principles: social responsibility, environmental sustainability and the production of very high quality coffee. The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified. It has been achieving 100% in recent audits and was the first in Mexico to achieve such perfection. The housing for permanent and temporary staff is clean and comfortable. The canteen is of a high quality – again, spotlessly clean where three nutritious meals are served for all each day. There is also a well-equipped school, which is open throughout the harvest for the children of the coffee pickers. Great emphasis is placed on all of the social needs of the people who work the land at Muxbal. Much of the farm has been given over to a breathtakingly beautiful nature reserve – a gorge where icy mountain waters flow through a jungle that teems with life. To allow access to the farm, which stands on a plateau above the gorge, a feat of engineering has been achieved in the form of a road that has been carved into the cliff-face. The 4x4 climb up this winding track is absolutely not for the fainthearted but the brave are rewarded with a visit to one of Mexico’s best coffee farms.