Tag: Colorado

Huckleberry Roasters // Sulawesi Tana Toraja

Huckleberry Roasters // Sulawesi Tana Toraja

Today’s cup comes to us from that mystical, magical region, Tana Toraja, Sulawesi—a region of the world that is shrouded in mystery. South Sulawesi is a place of tremendous beauty and home to some of the cleanest and best tasting coffees in all of Indonesia, especially […]

Flying Baron Roasters // Kenya Wanjengi AA

Flying Baron Roasters // Kenya Wanjengi AA

The Wanjengi cooperative wet mill is in a fantastic area for coffee production. High elevation, plentiful rainfall, and rich volcanic soil make this area prime coffee country. Most farms have cut steps for growing coffee into the mountains, which results in a constant enrichment of the soil, as fertilizer and […]

Flying Baron Roasters // Mexico Finca Nueva Linda

Flying Baron Roasters // Mexico Finca Nueva Linda

Mexico Nueva Linda
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This selection from Juan Jose Moguel ranked fourth in the Cafe Imports Lo Mejor De Mexico competition. Mexican coffees can sometimes be overlooked as far as quality, but this competition proves otherwise.

Nueva Linda is a Specialty Coffee Estate located in the Sierra Madre mountains of Southern Mexico in the state of Chiapas. The farm shares a buffer with the Triunfo Biospehere reserve, a tropical cloud forest preserve of some 50,000 acres, which helps to temper a changing climate and provide rich soil and clean water. This farm has also received a Rain Forest Alliance certification.

Don Octavio Moguel Farrera started in coffee farming as a driver in another farm, from there a love to produce coffee was born. After years of effort and hard work he purchased a small farm and began his life of quality coffee production.

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Mexico Finca Nueva Linda, from Flying Baron Roasters in Lakewood, Colorado. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THE BASICS:

region: Chiapas, Mexico
farm: Finca Nueva Linda
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
elevation: 1250 – 1550 meters above sea level
cultivars: Mundo Nova, Caturra
process: fully washed, patio dried
certifications: Rainforest Alliance

THE BREW:

method: Aeropress
grind: 22, Preciso
coffee: 18 g
water: 290 mL
bloom: none
pour: very slow pour, 10 second stir, very slow press

THE COFFEE:

The aroma of the Mexico Finca Nueva Linda is sweet and it totally fills the nostrils, but it’s not overpowering. Rather, it’s fragrant and gently wafts up with scents of Dutch chocolate, honey, apple, and raisin, but there’s also just a touch of roastiness.

Taking my first few sips of the coffee immediately post-brew, while it’s still piping hot, it’s that roast that I taste first. It’s not dominant and it certainly doesn’t ruin the cup, but it is there. There’s even just the faintest hint of earth and wood, but it’s hardly noticeable. What is dominant, is the sweetness. Cocoa powder, toffee, and macadamia.

As it cools off, the roast, cedar, and earth dissipate quite a lot, allowing juicy, tart fruit flavors to take center stage—Fuji apple, green grape, honeydew melon, a mellow citrus acidity. The toffee dilutes a bit, too, taking on more of a honeyed texture, which also informs a raw honey flavor that mixes with brown sugar and nuts in the finish of each sip.

Medium body; honey mouthfeel; citrus acidity; slightly dry finish.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Flying Baron Roasters’s Mexico Finca Nueva Linda is a really nice cup of coffee. Sweet, fragrant, and mellow.

This wasn’t a coffee that really grabbed my attention or dazzled my palate; but it was one that, brew after brew, I casually sipped with pleasure until the cup was suddenly empty. And it wasn’t until it was gone that I realized how much I enjoyed the coffee.

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Flying Baron Roasters // Ethiopia Aricha

Flying Baron Roasters // Ethiopia Aricha

Buying from Ethiopia continues to be a challenge for roasters and importers.  More often than not, they are forced to purchase their lots through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange—which is difficult if you require some traceability or back story with the coffees you want to purchase. […]