Let's get real for a minute.
These coffee beans come direct from Finca Vista Hermosa, a relatively tiny farm in Chiapas, Mexico that is run by a lovely gentleman named Mario Santiz Lopez.
Mario was raised on this farm, where his parents grew Mexican staples like corn and beans, but those crops simply could not provide enough income for their family. With a love for his family and for his land, Mario's father took a job at a local, but larger farm in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. It was then that he learned about coffee and its enormous potential.
Life started improving for Mario and the Lopez family. Their coffee was a delight and was selling well. But then, in 2012, their plantation was hit by leaf rust and production decreased from 60 bags of green coffee each year down to just 10. It was not a good situation.
Luckily, 2 years later, when they were in dire straits, an exporter began supporting this small farm again through the "Mas Cafe" project that helped them renovate and recover their two hectare farm and thus, recovering their livelihood. We're proud to be roasting this coffee and keeping Mario and his family in good spirits.
We roast this coffee to a pleasantly dark character, going right to that edge where the dark chocolate is highlighted, but keeping any acrid, burnt flavors out of the way.
Classic notes of hot chocolate and roasted almonds sheltered in a strong body, showcasing a low to medium amount of acidity - really just enough to balance out the natural sweetness of the beans. This is the sort of coffee that we'd be happy drinking any morning out on our front patio, saying hello to the neighbors as they walk by with their cute and cuddly dogs.