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Origin Information

Grower
12 coffee producers from Santa Cruz Ozolotepec
Variety
Typica, Criollo, Bourbon, Mundo Novo, Caturra
Region
Santa Cruz de Ozolotepec, Santa María Ozolotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
Harvest
December - January
Altitude
900 – 1250 meters
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Fully washed and dried in the sun and mechanical driers (guardiolas)
Certifications
Staff Picks
"If you’re looking for that “pick me up” for your espresso or house coffee that will leave a creamy sweetness on your palate; consider this your formal introduction. 12 producers contributed to this fully traceable lot of Oaxacan coffee grown in the Zona Pluma region where the Sierra Madre del Sur coastal mountain range is dotted with small coffee farms. We’re stoked to be bringing it along again this spring so catch the wave in Puerto Escondido and ride it to Santa Cruz and shout “O-zo-lo-te-pec!” Cowabunga in a cup!"

- Alex Mason
VP of Trading Activity

Background Details

Imagine starting at sea level in the popular Mexican beach destination of Puerto Escondido and traveling along progressively steeper and curvier roads through villages, where the local population still wear traditional indigenous clothing, eventually arriving at a lush forest intercropped with coffee, bananas, corn, beans, fruit trees, and views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance below. This is the Oaxacan coffee growing region known as the zona Pluma where the Sierra Madre del Sur coastal mountain range is peppered with small coffee farms. This particular lot comes from 12 families living near the town of Santa Cruz Ozolotepec that cultivate coffee on farms with just a few acres. Each producer harvests and carefully sorts cherries and then depulps, ferments, washes, and dries the coffee using their own micro-mill. They deliver their dried parchment to the family owned export company in Oaxaca called Galguera Gomez, which specializes in preparing traceable Oaxacan lots and paying producers higher incomes for the quality of their coffee.