Mexican: Terruno Nayarita Lot #65 (Natural)
El Cuarenteño is a rural community located in the foothills of Sierra de San Juan, and the small community of La Yerba is situated on the northern side of the San Juan volcano, both just west of Tepic, the state capital of Nayarit.
El Cuarenteño has about 840 hectares of coffee land and grows caturra, typica (also known as criollo), and mondo novo. The coffee is washed in Rustico, run by Alejandro Altamirano, which washes, scrubs and dries the beans on patios utilising the rooftops of the workers; and Sandia, operated by Gregorio Orozco who goes through the same processes but has the advantage of more space nearby, allowing for the patios to spread out more.
La Yerba’s economy is based upon its two most important crops (and bedfellows with the speciality coffee scene) coffee and avocado. With one harvest immediately following the other, money is generated in one part of the year, but following work with San Cristobal, a premium based upon their quality comes about 4 months after the harvest which really helps cash flow and therefore options available to the farmers.
This coffee demonstrates notes of delicate fruits and berries in the cup and can be used in various brew methods, including espresso, and work well, however, we like to enjoy this coffee using the Aeropress. The coffee has limited availability, so don’t miss out and grab a bag or two!
If you would like to learn more about this coffee, head to www.trackyourcoffee.com, and enter the GTN number; GTN3904001.