The Roasters’ Cup is the epitome of the roasters’ craft: sourced from some of the world’s most interesting coffee plantations and roasted at our Auckland and Wellington cafes in small-batch roasters. These coffees are roasted light to medium by our roasters to heighten the unique and special characteristics that the varietal and location bring.
Our Roasters’ Cup for the month of October is the Mexico – Lot 5 Veracruz.
This coffee is grown and processed by smallholder farmers based in Huatusco, Veracruz region of Mexico. These farmers grow coffee high in the mountains on predominantly very small holdings, and the coffee is harvested by the farmers (by hand) with no outside help. After harvest, it is taken to the farms wet mill, where the cherry is removed and then fermented for 14 to 24 hours, before being washed and then dried on concrete patios. There has been a community focus on including women in coffee production and general participation in decision making for their area and farms. This led to a 3rd place in the Mexico 2017 cup of excellence, with a coffee lot that was primarily grown by female led farms. The care and experience of the producers is evident in the cup.
When ground, fragrances of sweet dry spices and a mild milk chocolate aroma are present. When steeped, these carry through to flavours of milk chocolate, almonds, red grape and malt with a lingering milk chocolate finish. The medium acidity is smooth, with sweet citrus that becomes juicy as it cools. This complements a smooth and rounded body, making for a well-balanced coffee in the cup. This would taste great no matter what brew method you use, including as a cold brew with summer approaching.