Exceptional quality coffee with great taste in the cup. We take the roast to a light-medium roast profile for espresso which creates a great balance whilst maintaining the distinct notes of this fabulous coffee. We gave this exceptional coffee a cupping score: of 87.75.
For those of you who are not familiar with Hydro-Natural processing, the cherries are partially dried before being rehydrated, then dried to their final moisture content of 10-11%. This form of processing highlights the true character of the single-origin beans like no other process.
Finca Guadalupe Zajú has a long-standing in the history of coffee production in Mexico. Located in the famous Soconusco region of Chiapas, it was first established in 1890, before being taken over by a German-Mexican couple in 1945. The couple diligently tended to the farm for almost 60 years, before selling to the current owner Eduardo 'Teddy' Esteves.
Teddy and his family have been involved in coffee, tea and cocoa for over 150 years. Bringing this wealth of experience and knowledge to Guadalupe Zajú has allowed the farm to flourish in recent years. 100% of the coffee is shade-grown, with meticulous attention paid to picking, fertilising and pruning. Older, less productive parts of the farm have been renovated with hybrid varieties (in fact half the farm is now Marsellesa) that have a high yield and excellent cup quality. There is a full-time agronomy and management team dedicated to each lot of the estate, as neighbouring farms such as La Gloria and Chanjúl have been purchased under the Guadalupe Zajú name in recent years). Teddy has also called upon post-harvest experts to consult on processing and drying at the farm, including Aida Battle and, most recently, Camilo Merizalde of the Santuario Project.