Mexico Finca El Pino / COE #14
Pineapple, Grape, Nectarine, White Tea
Varietal: Bourbon, Typica
Elevation: 1960 m.a.s.l.
Taste Notes: Pineapple, Grape, Nectarine, White Tea
This is an award-winning lot from Finca El Pino in Mexico, placing 14th in the 2021 Cup of Excellence national competitions last year. Since 1938, the Gándara family has been growing exquisite coffees on the slopes of the Veracruz region. The mountainous region makes for a humid tropical climate that is ideal for the slow maturation of coffee cherries.
El Pino is now run by the current generation, José Luis Andrade Gándara, who takes pride in the natural beauty of his farm. Located in Cosautlán De Carvajal, a lush, forested area, it is enriched with a biodiverse ecosystem, with coffee growing among other tree species such as oak, pine, poplar, bamboo and orchids.
The farm also produces fruits that include orange, banana, lemon, walnut, macadamia, mandarin, lime, mango. These fruit trees help to diversify income, and at the same provide additional nutrients to the soil. Thanks to the biodiverse array of flora and fauna, El Pino is also home to a variety of animal species, with rabbits, badgers and squirrels amongst its inhabitants, along with other insects and birds.
During harvest, the coffee cherries are carefully handpicked and sent to the wet mil, also owned by the Gándara family. The depulper is regularly maintained, with the washing process well-managed to efficiently wash and prepare the coffee for drying. Drying is a meticulous task that requires close monitoring, maintaining stable temperatures. Once dried to the optimal level, the coffee is gently stored and rested prior to export.
2021 was an amazing year for the Gándara family, as Finca El Pino placed 14th place in the Cup of Excellence, the national competition that sees hundred of entries yearly. This was a truly remarkable achievement for the family.