By now you may be getting the idea that I REALLY like Mexican coffee. One clue is the fact that I have more Mexican offerings than any other origin – five Mexicans at current time! Right now I’m stocking don Eduardo (also back in the house after an absence!), Oaxaca Mixteca Organic Fair Trade, Chiapas Organic, Nayarit Organic Dry Process (different, and a Roastmaster’s Reserve!), and the latest, described below, Miravalles Organic Decaf. That’s probably too many, so enjoy them while you can.
Our latest just arrived last week – Organic Mexico Miravalles Mountain Water Process. “Mountain Water” is the trade name of the process used by the company descamex, which operates an ultra-modern facility in Mexico using water from the Pica de Orizaba mountain. In terms of process, conceptually it is the same as Swiss Water Decaf, yet my experience is that Mountain Water produces a vastly superior cup quality. The most noticeable difference is in how the beans roast. Swiss Water results in an extremely dark bean (before roasting, it looks almost like it has already been roasted), which ultimately results in a very dark appearance for the finished bean. This has caused some customer confusion when I tell them it’s a light or medium roast (which it is, by virtue of actual roast temperature), yet it appears to be french roast. The Mountain Water beans behave nicely during roasting, emitting the usual visual and auditory cues ones expects when roasting high quality green coffee. And a medium finish LOOKS like a medium finish.
Anyway, this cup is classic Mexico – smooth and balanced, like a Oaxaca. Not so surprising given that Miravalles is the geographic origin of this coffee, which is physically located just north of Oaxaca.
WWJD (What Would Jim Drink today?): Christmas Blend! Man, I’ve got Christmas Blend coming out the ears. We vended an event in Cary over the weekend, and it had much lower attendance than anyone had predicted. Hence I’ve got a lot of finished goods on hand. Look for more specials this week.