Mexico Ernesto Perez
Mexico, Ernesto Perez – Wildflower Honey, Green Apple, Lemon Meringue Pie
Retail 10oz Price - $15.75
Spring is around the corner, and Ernesto Perez’s coffee tastes like a sneak peek of the incoming season. Bright, sweet, and creamy, this coffee kicks off with delicate wildflower honey, lifting to the brightness of a green apple. The finish is reminiscent of a lemon meringue pie, bringing both the sweet citrus of lemon curd and creamy meringue topping in equal parts.
Ernesto Perez’s coffee comes to us via our partnership with Red Fox Coffee Merchants. One of the many reasons we love working with Red Fox is our shared belief that Mexico is a phenomenal specialty coffee-producing country. The unique regions, dedicated impassioned producers, and an ever-growing coffee culture make it the ideal place to grow and improve the specialty coffee market. Red Fox is ahead of the game on this, working with producers to improve quality and create more transparency, as well as by building a year-round office and cupping lab in Oaxaca. We are excited to partner with Red Fox and hope to expand our direct relationships in Mexico over the next few years working with them.
Origin // Mexico
Region // Veracruz
Producer // Ernesto Perez
Variety // Typica, Marsellesa, Garnica
Elevation // 1,250 m.a.s.l.
Process // Washed
Flavor Notes // Wildflower Honey, Green Apple, Lemon Meringue Pie
Deep Dive: Ernesto Perez
Ernesto Perez’s family has a long history working in coffee, dating back 4 generations to the 19th century when his great grandfather moved to Mexico from Spain to work as an exporter and cupper. From there the family has been involved in all steps of the coffee process, from building mills, growing coffee, and importing/exporting. Now Ernesto has taken the reigns at APG, the mill that was built by and named after his grandfather Antonio Perez Galvan. In addition to growing and processing his own phenomenal coffee, Ernesto has turned APG into a pinnacle of specialty coffee in the area, offering agronomical consulting to local producers, and focusing on micro-lots that fetch higher than typical prices for their producers.
Mexico is a unique coffee-producing origin in part because of the idiosyncrasies each subregion operates under, and the Veracruz region is no exception. In Veracruz, producers are selling their coffee in cherry form to mills to be processed. This is similar to the systems found in Kenya and Ethiopia, but not as common in most of Latin America.
Veracruz is distinctive also because it produces some of the highest latitude coffee in the world. The northern edge of the tropics has excellent coffee-producing conditions as well as lower temperatures with wetter conditions, which slows down the ripening of cherries and concentrates the flavors much the same way high elevation grown coffee does. This results in coffee with an array of amazing flavors ranging from citrus to stone fruit, and berries.
Processing method: Washed
Washed Coffees in Mexico are first de-pulped to remove the fruit from the seed. Next, a fermentation process is used to remove any remaining mucilage. After the mucilage is removed, the coffee seeds are washed and then laid out to dry on cement patios.