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MEXICO ALBA FLORES

$19.00

This coffee displays a clear and excellent vision of the Oaxacan terroir with sugary flavors of whipped peanut butter and pound-cake and a finish of citrus and berries. 

ROAST: Light

PRODUCER: Alba Flores
REGION: Santa Cruz Ozolotepec, Oaxaca
PROCESS: Extended Fermentation Washed
VARIETY: Typica La Pluma

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MEXICO ALBA FLORES

$19.00

This coffee displays a clear and excellent vision of the Oaxacan terroir with sugary flavors of whipped peanut butter and pound-cake and a finish of citrus and berries. 

ROAST: Light

PRODUCER: Alba Flores
REGION: Santa Cruz Ozolotepec, Oaxaca
PROCESS: Extended Fermentation Washed
VARIETY: Typica La Pluma

Clear

COFFEE INFO

Normally, Oaxaca coffees, especially the Typica Pluma variety, tend to be very chocolate and nut forward, with little fruitiness or depth. They make excellent simple drinking coffees, but they’re not the most dynamic coffees we source.

Last fall when we purchased this coffee from Alba Flores, a leader and experienced coffee producer from the Ozolotepec community, we recommended extending the fermentation process to see if fruiter, more complex flavors would develop in the cup.

The result of the fermentation experiment blew our expectations out of the water. Alba’s coffee retained the chocolatey nuttiness while also displaying ripe fruit tones.

In the cup, we tasting dark chocolate and black walnut alongside flavors of tangerine, berries, and grape. This coffee strikes the beautiful balance between a “comfort” coffee and an adventurous brew. We believe this is one of the most interesting coffees we’ve had in awhile!

COFFEE INFO

Santa Cruz Ozolotepec is one of the major producing communities in Oaxaca. Ozolotepec consists of numerous coffee farmers scattered throughout the Sierra Sur mountain ranges. The average farm size is around 2 acres, which, combined with lower-yielding Typica variety trees, leads to lower overall volumes being produced by farmers in this area. This makes for high competition amongst coffee roasters who are hoping to source the best lots from Oaxaca.

Through our partnership with Cari Coffee, Utopian Coffee can secure amazing coffees from Oaxaca well before most other roasters have the opportunity to select lots. Additionally, we have been able to build direct relationships with two community farmers (Alba Flores and Carolina Garcia) whose microlots we are featuring this year. The direct connection with these farmers allows us to communicate about processing techniques that increase quality and therefore prices paid for Alba and Carolina’s coffee. We are excited for many more harvests to come with Ozolotepec producers!

PARTNERSHIP

Santa Cruz Ozolotepec is one of the major producing communities in Oaxaca. Ozolotepec consists of numerous coffee farmers scattered throughout the Sierra Sur mountain ranges. The average farm size is around 2 acres, which, combined with lower-yielding Typica variety trees, leads to lower overall volumes being produced by farmers in this area. This makes for high competition amongst coffee roasters who are hoping to source the best lots from Oaxaca.

Through our partnership with Cari Coffee, Utopian Coffee can secure amazing coffees from Oaxaca well before most other roasters have the opportunity to select lots. Additionally, we have been able to build direct relationships with two community farmers (Alba Flores and Carolina Garcia) whose microlots we are featuring this year. The direct connection with these farmers allows us to communicate about processing techniques that increase quality and therefore prices paid for Alba and Carolina’s coffee. We are excited for many more harvests to come with Ozolotepec producers!

PARTNERSHIP

Established in 2011, Fabretto Farms is a commercial, for-profit wing of the larger non-profit Fabretto organization, which has worked to improve education and employment opportunities in rural Nicaragua for over 60 years. Fabretto Farms is focused on creating access to markets for farmers. Despite coffee cultivation providing nearly one-third of all rural employment, Nicaraguan coffee farmers continue to have some of the lowest yields and profits in all of Latin America. For many coffee farmers, the barriers restricting their ability to sell coffee at profitable prices seem insurmountable. The story is the same in nearly every coffee-producing nation: a lack of initial knowledge and resources paired with the remoteness of farms and an inability to access global markets keeps coffee farmers from finding outlets for their coffee and pathways to improved standards of living.

Fabretto is addressing these challenges head-on, creating sustainable partnerships with coffee farmers and providing the initial funds, education, and resources needed to create competitive high-quality coffee. Additionally, the organization has created infrastructure to directly handle the most difficult steps of coffee production such as agronomy, transportation, milling, and sales.

We started talking with Fabretto over five years ago and are thrilled to finally be sharing a coffee sourced through the partnership. We’re inspired by Fabretto’s foundation of relationships — trust with farmers built through committed work to improve rural communities and collaboration with international contacts to find new homes for the incredible coffees being produced in Nicaragua. We’re proud to feature this coffee as a single-origin option and also paired with our Ethiopian partner Ture Waji’s magical natural coffee in Anniversary Blend. We’ll be donating $1 from every bag of Anniversary Blend sold directly to Fabretto Farms.