April’s Coffee Choice: Mexico Full-City Roast
Flavor: Sweet, clean, with toffee and lemon
Altitude: 900-1600 (meters above sea level)
VARIETY: Tipica, Bourbon, Caturra, Mondo Novo, Catuai
PROCESSING: Fully Washed
BACKGROUND: GRAPOS or Grupo de Aseores de Produccion Organica y Sustenable S.C. is a group of coffee producers in the state of Chiapas in the southern Mexico area that borders la Biosfera del Triunfo or Triumfo Biosphere Reserve. GRAPOS was formed in 2007 and consisted of 90 member farmers. Today, the group includes 3,253 member farmers and covers a larger area on approximately 5,560 hectares. The harvest season is from November to March. Members of GRAPOS are mainly small holder farmers with an average of 3 hectares of land. There are multiple coffee varieties grown. On average the coffee trees are 10-20 years old and annual production is equivalent to 0.5 metric tons (MT) of green coffee. GRAPOS is certified Fair Trade Organic.
The full city roast accentuates the sweet, clean toffee and lemon flavor. While still a medium roast, full city means it is roasted to just a few seconds into second crack; when a coffee goes fully into second crack, that coffee becomes a dark roast. Mexico roasted to full city has more roasty-dark characteristics while still showing some of its delicate sharpness.
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