We are super excited to introduce you to this month's Magic Seed from Alejandro Martinez in Veracruz, Mexico. It is a single variety selection of Anacafe 14 and was carefully processed with a fruit fermented, washed method.
While he grows multiple varieties across his 250-hectare farm, this selection comes from the 60 dedicated to Anacafe 14. This variety was a naturally occurring cross between a Catimor and Pacamara; discovered in Guatemala. Being a Pacamara hybrid, this coffee has a large seed with relatively low density. These can be a challenge to roast effectively, but with the right approach we find them to be full of delicate aromas and complex flavors.
coffee seedlings ready to plant.
Alejandro has careful harvesting and processing practices at San Jose. Once picked and sorted for ripeness, the coffee is fermented in the cherry overnight for about 18 hours. It is depulped the following day and allowed to slowly dry for 32 days on his rooftop drying structure.
Alejandro Martinez's coffee is full of bright and vibrant citrus flavors. We are primarily seeing tangerine and clementine. Underneath the bright juiciness, we're tasting white flowers like rose, honeysuckle, and magnolia. Cooling the cup takes on soft spice and herbal notes that add a beautiful complexity. Throughout the cup we were continually drawn back to the the underlying note of freshly dried tobacco leaf.
While the star fo this coffee is the vibrant clementine acidity, we found it developed a nutmeg and horchata note that we thought matched so well.
We hope that you have loved this month's award winning Magic Seeds and look forward to sharing another exceptional experience with you next month.
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