Aztec Ritual Fairtrade/ Organic Coffee
These light roasted Mexican beans provide a mild, full flavored smooth cup of coffee. They yield a jumpy acidity level while delivering a nutty, clean, crisp aftertaste. This coffee is an excellent way to start your morning ritual.
Cupping Notes: Rye, Barley, Lemongrass, Mint, Snow Pea.
Barista Notes: Recommended for those whom need a heavier caffeine dose. A lighter bodied coffee, high in caffeine means you can also squeeze in that extra cup in the morning if needed.
Chef Notes: Sprinkle fine grinds into your favorite morning blender drinks for extra kick. Notes of mint and lemongrass will enhance your dink flavor.
Aztec Ritual Overview
Mexico is famous for chocolate, unique cuisine, tropical beaches, and of course, coffee. Classified by the altitude at which its grown, most of its exported coffee is dark roasted or incorporated into blends. It’s been a staple crop since the 18th century, and most of it comes from the southern region, where the land narrows down, shifts eastward, and enters the equatorial zone of tropical jungle, where the hot, wet climate facilitates excellent growth and consistency.
The coffee of Mexico is typically wet processed, and much of it comes from small organic farms. High elevations are not the norm as they are for some of its southern neighbors, but its large industry creates a stable supply of excellent quality beans. In fact, Mexico is actually the tenth largest coffee producer in the world, and its coffees have been described as gourmet, with a pleasurable dryness comparable to white wine.
There are several main categories of Mexican Coffee. Chiapas coffee, light to medium bodied, grows in a southern state called Chiapas and is noted for a delicate, light flavor that’s juxtaposed with brisk acidity and richness. Chiapas coffee grown in the southeast mountains near Guatemala is often marketed under the name of a nearby town, Tapachula. Volcanic soil improves the delivery of nutrients to the beans, facilitating extra flavor, so much so that this particular strand of Chiapas coffee is said to rival the finest coffees of Guatemala.
The diverse geography of Mexico has resulted in several other types of coffee as well. On the Gulf Coast in the state of Veracruz, Altura Coatepec (also named for a nearby town) is nutty, bright, and light bodied, with chocolate tones. From the southern slopes of the central mountains of Oaxaca are the beans that make Oaxaca Pluma, distinguished for its light acidity and body.