The Roastery & Cafe
FARM: FINCA SANTA CRUZ
LOCATION: LA CONCORDIA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO
ALTITUDE: 1360-1750 MASL
VARIETY: BOURBON, TYPICA, YELLOW CATURRA, MARAGOGYPE, GESHA
Tasting Notes: Grape Jelly, Kombucha, Gingersnap, Cacao
Coffees from Finca Santa Cruz have been one of the most exciting things of the year for us. Mexican specialty coffee largely gets a bad wrap but we think that more people should be savvy to all that Mexico has to offer. Run by the innovative Pepé Arguello, Finca Santa Cruz is already achieving widespread notoriety in just its third year running. Pepe has won COE Mexico for the last two years. He was willing to sell in the auction market but wanted to build something deeper, especially with the rest of his product (just as excellent, but at a more accessible quality tier), mostly made up of Bourbon, Typica, Yellow Caturra, and some Gesha.
We’ve featured a lot from Pepe in our espresso blend, Ultraviolet, already this year and we’re really excited to offer to two single producer lots over the next couple months. The first of these lots is a mixed varietal, naturally processed coffee. It’s distinctly fruity while being very, very complex and well processed. You’ll notice the prominence of tartaric acid throughout the cup, giving this coffee a sharp but pleasant acidity layered with loads of gingerbread and cacao.
Pepé’s father was a well-known producer in Chiapas, and when Pepé purchased Finca Santa Cruz, he decided to build the business around specialty. With land at 1700 masl on the Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, his farming practices reflect his desire for a more precise, agronomically advanced, and conservation-focused approach: he harvests cherry according to Brix (measuring the sugar content of the fruit), ferments according to pH (the actual acidity of the fermentation), and generally seeks experimentation, growth, and collaboration. The area is biodiverse, filled with native Inga trees that also provide shade, allowing the coffee to grow in harmony with the surrounding reserve rather than in conflict with it. Pepe’s goal is to slowly increase production as well as quality and gain wider international recognition. We’re excited to partner with Pepe and can’t wait to invest heavily in this relationship.