San Mateo, Mexico
PROFILE Tropical & Crisp
TASTES LIKE Mango, Marmalade & HibiscusROAST Medium Roast, Filter Brewing
Coffee-producing states in southern Mexico face a difficult economic reality. Oaxaca and Chiapas are the two poorest states in Mexico with poverty rates of 60-80% and extreme poverty rates of 20-40% Production yields have become dangerously low in these regions. Over the last ten years coffee leaf rust disease and the lack of financial or agricultural means to tackle it has reduced production by up to 90% in some regions. The average yield in Oaxaca is now just 100kg of parchment per hectare. For context, in Colombia, the average yield is 2,400kg per hectare. The vast majority of Mexico’s 500,000 coffee producers are smallholder farmers and have one hectare or less of land under coffee.
This makes the average annual production for many producers just 100kg, making coffee farming more and more unsustainable. This is fuelling widespread migration to urban centres in Mexico and the United States. In short, coffee production is disappearing. That being said, we are finding some stunning quality from small pockets of Mexico and this coffee is a shining example indeed. We're getting tropical fruit notes with crisp citric acidity and rich, sugary sweetness.