Cooperativa La Lagunilla
Ixtlan de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico
The Ixtlán de Juarez municipality is located in Mexico's Oaxaca State and is home to the community of Santo Domingo Cacalotepec. After producing coffee for generations, the community organized La Lagunilla Rural Production Society, LLC (La Lagunilla S.P.R. de R.L. in Spanish) in 2003. Today, La Lagunilla is made of 40 members who together cultivate 131 hectares of clay soils in a forested conservation area. This coffee is certified Organic. It is depulped the same day it is harvested, then fermented for 16 hours and dried.
La Lagunilla is actually a group of 45 farmers who banded together in 2003 when the coffee prices were at a significant low on the market. While others abandoned coffee for more profitable crops, the members of La Lagunilla, led by Andres Martinez Leon, decided to go for specialty coffee prices and pushed hard on producing the highest quality. Clearly, now this decision is paying off.
The Cup of Excellence has provided a platform for them to enter the Specialty Coffee Scene. They came 3rd last year, and now 10th. Their prices achieved through the competition are over 6 times the going market rate and they have established themselves as a Specialty Coffee farm in a big producing country with very few farms of such stature
Today is all about our first certified organic coffee offering - Mexico Organic Oaxaca from La Lagunilla Cooperative. La Lagunilla is a group of many small land holders in the town of Cacolotepec in the Mexican district of Oaxaca. The society was formed in 2003 in order to ensure the viability of coffee making in the region due to the volatile nature of coffee prices as well as the outward migration of farmers from the region starting in 2000. The Zapotec community in the area blends its coffee and together wet and dry mills it using traditional hand-cranked de-pulping means, overnight fermentation, and mat drying. By focusing on organic cultivation techniques, they have achieved organic certification together.
The first Mexico Cup of Excellence competition was held this year with much anticipation and excitement. Finca La Lagunilla took 3rd place with jury taste descriptors of chocolate and peach. Grown in the Oaxaca region of Mexico, the coffee plants are intermixed with pine and oak trees which provide shade and nourishment. Finca La Lagunilla is certified organically grown.
I define a drinking coffee as a well balanced coffee that is suited for drinking everyday. A drinking coffee is not a middle of the road, mediocre kind of coffee, but one that has the comforts most people can enjoy at anytime. A coffee that does not have too much bright acidity, or that begs for a heavy roast. Sometimes you want to call upon a coffee for a specifically defined taste characteristic (acidity notes, bouquet , fruit, etc.), and other times you just want a nice comforting well rounded coffee to stimulate your mind. I bring you these two great "drinking coffees" for this bi-weekly roasted coffee pairing.
Clean, fresh, nice bodied cup with peanut up front. At a City+ roast I worked toward maintaining the nuttiness, tobacco qualities while holding on to the acidity to balance it out.
La Lagunilla in the small town of Cacolotepec. The cooperative society handles wet and dry milling for many of the small holder, Zapotec community, and this particular blended lot is made up of 40 different producers. Most farmers migrated out of Cacolotepec in the early 2000's, partly due to the highly volatile coffee market during that time. La Lagunilla was formed in 2003 in an effort to rebuild coffee as a viable income for their community, focusing their efforts on organic cultivation and ultimately obtaining organic certification. Production is 'traditional', in that depulping is handled at the farms on hand cranked devices, then the coffee is fermented overnight, washed, and dried on mats. Altitude in the area is a range of 1000 to 1500 meters. This coffee is certified organic.
2014 La Lagunilla Cooperative - Mexico
Region: Cacalotepec, Ixtlan de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico
Elevation: 1000-1500 masl
Harvest: February 2015
Soil: Hydrogen-rich Clay
Processing: Fully Washed
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Typica
Certification: SHG, EP, USDA Organic
2014 La Lagunilla Coop - Mexico
Whole Bean - 10 ounces
Please Note: Our Sproastery works on a weekly roasting schedule to provide the freshest coffee possible. Currently, our roast day is on Tuesdays. Our coffees are roasted on Tuesday and shipped out by Wednesday for weekday delivery. Please place your orders by midnight Monday night so that we can accommodate your order in our production schedule. Thank you.