This decaf has a thick, creamy body and is sweet to its core. The orange acidity helps balance it and we bet you can fool your friends on this one.
If you make your way to the mountain pueblo of Santa Cruz Tutiahua (tooti-ah-wha) you will find Jose Vasquez, and his wife Marcelina Mendoza Vasquez, at the center of nearly 130 farming families in the region. This group gets together once every 2-3 months to trade tips, labor, and equipment – they are committed to organic practices and promote composting. This type of cooperation is more rare than you might think, and a testament to the personalities of Jose and Marcelina.
This is Mixteca region of Oaxaca, a place where farms are small (no more than 3 hectares) and the yield is low (300 lbs of parchment per hectare // 2.5 KG cherry per tree). They have a strong tradition of selective picking, but no direct access to customers. In part this is due to geography because to get to these farms you have to drive over a very dangerous mountain pass known as the ‘devil’s backbone’. It’s all cultural, as most farmers in this region speak some form of Mixteca, and rely on families like Jose and Marcelina Vasquez as a connection to their Spanish-speaking countrymen.
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