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Seven Seeds - Mexico Clemente Hernandez - Filter

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Bright and Cheerful with notes of Strawberry, Apricot, Mandarin

ORIGIN: San Mateo Yoloxochitlan, Oaxaca, Mexico

VARIETAL: Typica, Mundo Novo, Bourbon

PROCESS: Fully Washed

ALTITUDE: 1600 - 1850 masl

HARVEST: June to August


SOURCING

PRODUCER: Clemente Sanchez Hernandez

RELATIONSHIP: First year of purchasing

ORIGIN PARTNER: Osito

The Sierra Mazateca is located in Oaxaca and gets its name from the presence of the indigenous group, the Mazatec. The land is found between La Cañada and the Papaloapán Valley at the state’s northern tip.

Coffee-producing states in southern Mexico face a challenging economic reality. Oaxaca and Chiapas are the two poorest states in Mexico, with poverty rates of 60-80% and extreme poverty rates of 20-40%. Coffee production yields have become dangerously low in these regions. Over the last ten years, coffee leaf rust disease and the lack of financial or agricultural means to tackle it have reduced production by up to 90% in some regions.

The average yield in Oaxaca is now just 100kg of parchment per hectare. For context, the average yield in Colombia is 2,400kg per hectare. The vast majority of Mexico’s 500,000 coffee producers are smallholder farmers with one hectare or less land under coffee, making the average annual production very low and sadly making coffee farming increasingly unsustainable. This is fuelling widespread migration to Mexico’s urban centres and the United States. In short, coffee production is disappearing.

That being said, we are finding some stunning quality coffee from small pockets of Mexico, and Clemente Hernandez is a shining example. We’re getting tropical fruit notes with crisp citric acidity and rich, sugary sweetness.