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A large roaster got hold of some Canoas coffee and loved it!

by Terry Sovil

June 16, 2019

Coffee Beans

I love my coffee. Two cups every morning, every day, year round. Limited to two cups a day (moderation). I like good coffee. There is plenty to be had right here!

Disagreements still exist but most point to Ethiopia for the birth of coffee. Possibly from a city named Kaffa. It is said that a monastery found that the berries could be eaten and would keep you awake during evening prayers. They made a drink with the berries and it spread quickly. Coffee came to the USA in the mid-1600's. Coffee houses went up but tea remained the preferred drink until King George III raised the taxes on it. Outrage fueled The Boston Tea Party and quickly made coffee the preferred drink. About 95% of the coffee here is from the Arabica-type beans which was originated in Yemen and Ethiopia

A Coffee Tree
Coffee Tree

Colima isn't noted as a big coffee producer but there are some very good coffees grown here. A large roaster got hold of some Canoas coffee and loved it! He described the taste as "toasted pine, earthy, raisins". They roasted the beans with their standard process to "show off its timeless taste". With wines they use the word "appellation" to describe the area the wine came from. There is a similar move to do this with coffee as well. We may yet get a good reputation as an appellation. The "producer" is the farm or mill that grows the coffee. The "processing" is the way the coffee bean is removed from the fruit, then dried and stored. This can affect the taste. The "roaster" buys, roasts and sells.

The appellation of Colima (region/state) is home to about 856 coffee farmers. While small in size it is huge in taste. In the past most all of the produce was sold to roasters in Mexico but through the use of Integradora (or an Integrator) they are working together through small cooperatives. Names such as Yerbabuena, Naranjal, Remudadero and Canoas. One roaster said "As our coffees were at the mill in Colima we got a note - "the community of Canoas would like to send you a sample." We accepted the sample, loved it, and were able to get a few bags at the last minute."

Canoas, Mexico uses wet process (washed) where the beans are dried after all of the fruit has been completely removed. The fruit ferments first making it easy to remove. This is the most common method and produces a consistent profile in flavor.

Mexico Canoas, Colima

In addition to all mentioned above, the town of Canoas is located in the Municipality of Manzanillo, state of Colima, where 363 inhabitants live. Canoas is 534 meters above sea level. In the town there are 194 men and 169 women.

Mexico Naranjal, Colima

Just under 150 people live in the town of Naranjal, in Villa de Alvarez, State of Colima. At 1420 meters in altitude, these farmers grow more coffee than oranges.

Mexico Remudadero, Colima

The town of Remudadero has about 80 people. The farmers group has 8 members whose farms are within two kilometers of their washing station and drying patios. They also have Facebook pages and that is how they connected with a big roaster in the USA.

Mexico Yerbabuena, Colima

It is a quick trip from the town of Colima to Yerbabuena. The town is empty since a 2015 eruption of the volcano. Though the town is empty the coffee fields have done well in the settled ash. One family visits their old homes on weekends to care for their coffee.

Yerbabuena Colima

Coffee Appellation Development has allowed small cooperatives to put farmers directly in touch with roasters creating a market for specialty coffees with unique flavors that are sold at a higher price. The prices are less impacted by price fluctuations due to the higher quality. Most coffee is still sold as a commodity where the unique tastes are not recognized. If you are a serious coffee drinker you will recognize that there is a difference in tastes and flavors. And if the coffee is grown in the same area (appellation) they will have the same distinctive tastes.

If you are interested in visiting a coffee site and getting more information contact Admire Mexico Tours who run a "Coffee route and Colima Volcano lookout" trip so you can see and experience a close look at a small coffee operation. Admire Mexico Tours - Comala

Coffee Makers Ways to make coffee:

Pour Over/Drip: Drip method using a coffee cone and paper filter. Hot water is poured evenly over coffee grounds in a paper filter. With gravity, the brewed coffee drips slowly and directly into a cup or pot. My personal choice over the last 15 years

Pour Over/Drip Chemex: It uses a special Chemex paper filter that is 20-30% heavier than other filters. Similar to the coffee cone and the process above.

French Press: A Plunger/Press method. Widely considered the best method because it extracts more flavor. In the pot ground coffee is soaked, steeped and strained in hot water then the press is pushed down.

AeroPress: A Plunger/Press method launched in 2005. Comes in 3 parts. Filter sits in a coffee basket at the bottom. Coffee grounds in the brew chamber where hot water is added them immerses and steeps the coffee. The plunger is pressed down to create air pressure to force brewed coffee through the filter and up into the cup.

Percolate: Stovetop Moka Pot. Hot water is added to the lower section along with the coffee grounds in the mid-chamber, then the top section is screwed on. Steam forces the hot water through the filter and grounds up into the top chamber. The best design is one that would sit on a stove to help with the steam.

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