$18.25 | 12 oz bag
Ozolotepec means “Hill of the Tiger” in Zapotec, one of the indigenous languages of Oaxaca, Mexico. This coffee is from a newly formed cooperative in the community of San Francisco Ozolotepec, where members are primarily growing the traditional Typica variety. With the high elevations from this part of Oaxaca, this coffee is complex and sweet with notes of red apple, almond butter, and pecan.
Counter Culture Coffee last offered a single-origin selection from Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2011, but it has not been for lack of trying. Over the last 6 years, as we have continued to taste coffees and talk to people working on the ground in Mexico. The major challenge has been the effects of coffee leaf rust. Leaf rust attacks the leaves of a plant and makes it extremely difficult for plants to take in proper nutrition, which in turn sharply affects production yields and quality. In 2016, though, we started to see glimmers of what we have always loved in these coffee, and this year we finally started seeing some exceptional coffees again.
This particular offering comes from a small group of farmers establishing a new cooperative in the community of San Francisco Ozolotepec located in the Miahuatlán District in the south of the Sierra Sur Region of Oaxaca. This is the first year we have seen coffees from this specific area, and, while it is rare that we release a coffee the very first year we buy from a group, we don't think this will be the last—and it was just too good to not showcase.
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Ozolotepec means "Hill of the Tiger" in Zapotec- an indigenous language and there are a few towns in the area that have all take on Ozolotepec a a suffix of their town name. There is San Francisco Ozolotepec (where this lot of coffee is from), San Juan Ozolotepec, Santo Domingo Ozolotepec, Santa Marta Ozolotepec, and San Marcial Ozolotepec.