SCA Score: 83.5
Notes: Cocoa nibs, hot chocolate, orange zest, hazelnuts, clean and creamy.
Producers: Around 400 small-scale producers from Sierra Sur de Oaxaca
Varieties: Bourbon, Typica
Monte Alban is the 1000-year-old Zapotec ruin that can be seen from the coffee farms that are hidden in the mountains surrounding the site. Monte Alban is very close to the city of Oaxaca, a culinary hot spot in Mexico with a food culture that has been influenced and perfected by the long and complex history of the region. Monte Alban is one of the earliest Meso-American great urban centres of the classical period. The site was at its peak of importance between 200-600 AD but fell into decline in 800 AD.
The Zapotec were an advanced ancient culture that made many developments in the area of astronomy, writing and even medicine. After their mysterious abandonment, the site was used by other groups including the Mixtec, who on recognising the site as spiritually significant, used it for burials.
The long and complicated history of this place really does create a sense of magic, a joining of the past to the presence through culture, artifacts and delicious coffee. Coffee growers from this region have been producing coffee for more than three generations in a very traditional and mostly organic way.
Processing method: Traditional fully washed process in micro-mills at each farm
Drying method: Sun-dried on patios and raised beds