The Roasterie

Mexican Altura (Chiapas)

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Origin: Sierra Madre Mountains, southeastern Chiapas State, Mexico

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: November 2005

Agtron: 50/64

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Mild, pleasingly sweet fermented fruit notes complicate aroma and cup and read as chocolate, red wine, cedary cherries, perhaps with a hint of sweet herb. The acidity is low-toned and balanced, the mouthfeel roundly smooth. The finish is clean but slightly thin.


Altura is a grading term applied to Mexico coffees that are high-grown; here it is used by the Roasterie to label a Mexico coffee produced by small holders in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas, one of the regions ravaged by Hurricane Stan in late 2005. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that emphasizes its commitment to “air roasting,” a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit www.theroasterie.com or call 800-376-0245 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy the sweet, giddily wine-like flavor of slightly fermented fruit.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2005 tasting report: Still Tastes Good: Guatemala and Chiapas

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