Typica, washed process
Roasted for filter brewing
Hazelnut praline, brown sugar, and candied orange
This coffee comes to us from Elia Angel Morales in Chiapas, Mexico — and is the first Mexican coffee we’ve ever purchased.
Elia Angel Morales has been growing coffee for over 20 years, and tends to production alongside her husband, Genaro Roblero, and their children.
Their small, four-hectare farm — known as Finca Buena Vista — is located in the Chiapas region of Mexico, in the community of Angel Albino Corzo.
Around 60% of the farm is planted out with typica trees; an older variety that’s been replaced in much of Latin America due to its susceptibility to leaf rust and other diseases. The cup quality, however, is excellent, as is the variety’s ability to thrive in high altitudes and cooler climates.
At Buena Vista, these ripe typica cherries are harvested, de-pulped and fermented without water for 24 hours. The parchment coffee is then washed and dried on concrete patios for around four days.
Not only is this the first time we’ve bought a coffee from Mexico, this is Elia’s first year producing specialty-grade coffee. For the last 20 years, Elia’s coffee has been produced without a focus on quality, and sold into the conventional market at a low price. Since 2022, with the help of Caravela’s PECA program, Elia and her family have been able to shift towards quality coffee production, generating higher revenues and profits from their small farm.
For us, this coffee is exceptionally sweet, balanced, and well structured. From the foundations of hazelnut praline and brown sugar, through to the gentle defining aromatics and acidity of candied orange, the cup profile is wonderfully accessible and satisfying.
This is our first time buying from Elia Angel Morales, and have done so through import partners, Caravela.