$18.25 | 12 oz bag
This coffee comes from several small communities in the mountainous region of Sierra Mixteca, Mexico. In search of better prices for better coffee, the growers work directly with our importing partner to bring collective change to how their coffee is valued. With mostly Bourbon- and Typica-variety coffee grown at some of the highest elevations in Mexico, the collaboration has really paid off. This coffee is impeccably sweet with notes of plum and vanilla with a clean, crisp finish.
Over the last several years, we have tasted coffees and built relationships with people working on the ground in Mexico. The major challenge has been the effects of coffee leaf rust, which is a disease that attacks the leaves of a plant and makes it extremely difficult for them to take in proper nutrition. Coffee leaf rust negatively affects a tree's production yields and quality. In 2016, we started to see glimmers of what we have always loved in these coffees—sweet, sugary flavors with a clean finish—and, in 2017, Mexico began producing some exceptional coffees once again.
This particular coffee from Oaxaca comes from small groups of farmers in the communities of San Pedro Yosotatu, Guadalupe Miramar, and Reyes Llano Grande. These communities are part of a larger association called Sierra Mixteca. Sierra Mixteca broke away from a larger cooperative in 2013 and has since been recognized in Mexico as a group leading the pack in quality.
The Sierra Mixteca association has been committed to replanting coffee trees to rejuvenate their farms, but still focused on planting varieties of coffee trees like Typica and Bourbon, which are known for their quality. A typical farmer manages one or two plots, each between 1–1.5 hectares in area, where coffee trees are grown under thick shade. Farmers here are also committed to caring for the environment around them, with a focus on organic practices, and most are even using vermiculture for composting.
In 2017 Counter Culture started buying coffee from the farmers of Sierra Mixteca, and we are extremely excited to be showcasing a great coffee from Oaxaca again.