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Region: Ixhuatlán, Veracruz
Notes: Cherry cola, spiced rum, black plum, golden raisin
Storys: Ixhuatlán del café is the processing centre of the Santuario Project Mexico. It is a fully integrated facility, with wet and dry mills, greenhouses and drying areas, coffee garden, laboratory and a warehouse all dedicated to achieving quality excellence. The Ixhuatlán centre works with small producers from Veracruz to produce and isolate only the most exceptional lots, which are then processed under the watchful eye of the expert processing managers of the Santuario project.
To achieve consistently high quality, the focus begins on the farms. Brix measurements, selective picking, meticulous cleaning and cherry sorting are all factors that are closely considered before cherries are delivered to the centre. Cherries are picked at varying stages of ripeness depending on the processing method they are undergoing in order to control and maximise the final quality of the coffee.
In the centre itself, all aspects of the post harvest are closely monitored and controlled. The state of the art facilities are incredibly clean, allowing the processing managers to precisely control each stage of fermentation. Each lot is slowly shade dried on African beds, with fans and extractors used to maintain absolute temperature and humidity stability through the
drying process. The final result is an incredibly clean and stable coffee with great clarity and a long finish.
The cherries are first harvested once they are above 24 brix, then they are soaked in water for 2 hours. The initial fermentation is 72 hours with Mossto. Then the coffee is depulped leaving 20% of the mucilage remaining around the seeds before undergoing a second fermentation with mossto for 48 hours. Afterwards, the cherries are sun dried and left to rest on African beds for 22 days. The final humidity stabilization occurs after 6 days under shade, until finally the coffee is stored in grain pro bags.
This coffee will be roasted fresh. Zest Coffee roasts every Wednesday and Friday and dispatch Monday-Friday.