Mexico El Mezcal - Green - Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders

Mexico El Mezcal - Green

Country: Mexico
Region: Chiapas
Varietal: Bourbon, Catuai, Arabe
Process: Washed 
Altitude: 1,250 - 1,600 MASL
Cupping Notes: Sprite, Chocolate Malt, Agave
Recommended Roast:City to Full City
Good For:Pour Over, Auto Drip, Full Immersion, Espresso

Description: El Mezcal is a beautiful example of the specialty coffee industry taking small scale producers from selling on local markets to being represented for their own individual quality. E-Cafe Chiapas is an organization of growers who started out as an exporter in 2007. They organize this microlot that is produced by 12 small scale growers who had previously sold their coffee into a larger regional blend. E-Cafe hosted the farmers who contribute to El Mezcal at their research farm, Finca Las Chicharras, in 2016 to learn growing and processing techniques for specialty coffee. Then in 2019, the E-Cafe team helped El Mezcal build their own raised beds for drying coffee, as they were previously drying it in their yards. Before getting into the processing and cup profile for this lot, we have to touch on the epic name, “El Mezcal”. Unfortunately it was not named because these 12 producers got together, sang songs, and drank mezcal all night. Last year was our first year bringing in this microlot, and we actually misunderstood where they name came from. On a visit to Chiapas in early 2022, we learned the name comes from a tree called “Mezcal”.  In all honesty I cannot find this tree on the internet so there must be another name for it, but it’s an impressively large shade giving tree (size-wise, think a canopied redwood).

This handpicked lot is sent to the fermentation tanks for 24 hours before being washed clean of mucilage. After it’s been washed the coffee is sorted and then put on raised beds in a greenhouse for drying that maintains a temperature of 30-35℃. The coffee will go through destoning next to ensure no foreign matter makes it through the process, and then the coffee is hulled to remove the parchment. With the coffee processed down to green coffee, E-Cafe runs it through a color sorter, and finishes with size grading to be sure that the resulting coffee is uniform and without defects for the best quality across the lot.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Jesse Delgado

Enjoying the flavor of this coffee.

William Chu
Easy to roast, creamy and tasty

I roasted it 90sec ino FC, very creamy.

Philip W.
Pleasantly Surprised

I roasted these past first crack and I enjoyed the flavor profile.

Larry Duran
Green coffee defects; difficult coffee to get profiled as a light roast

I found this green coffee to have a higher number of milling defects that I am accustomed to seeing. I am a light to medium-light roast person, and struggled to get the flavors out of this coffee that I expected based on the flavor description. The good thing about this coffee is it forced me to experiment with around with numerous profiles that I normally would not use for a similar coffee, but the effort resulted in a coffee that was very good and complex. I am rating it at three starts due to the green coffee defects and the fickleness of finding a lighter roast profile that worked well for this.

Great coffee

I roasted this coffee for the competition so all roasts were light. I found it was clean and yummy, light body, sweet.

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