Our darkest roast, The Alentejo was developed as an ode to classic European-style espresso that had been crafted with intention over generations. Inspired by our travels, available year-round.
Region: San Agustín Loxicha, indigenous Zapotec community in the state of Oaxaca
Producer: UNECAFE S.C
We Taste: Caramel, milk chocolate, & orange peel
Tierra Blanca is a Zapotec indigenous town, located in the southern coastal range between Puerto Escondido and Huatulco.
The cultivation of coffee in this area, and especially for Tierra Blanca, is an agricultural resource with great importance beyond agricultural business. In the region, coffee growing helps maintain a diverse ecosystem by providing a reservoir for rainwater, giving life to the local flora and fauna.
The unique altitude and climate of the Mexican Pacific enhances the quality of the coffee grown in the region, furthering its delicious natural flavor and aroma. Coffees from this region are referred to as having a “Pluma” coffee profile.
In developing this coffee, we found inspiration in our travels; specifically in dark, chocolatey coffees that we had enjoyed around the world. We thought of the rich roasting traditions borne in timeless places, like Tokyo, Vienna, Mokha, and Rome.
A memory of one trip in particular to Portugal stood out. On the road, passing through tiny hilltop villages built upon ancient forts, eating delicious food made from simple, time-tested ingredients, enjoying classic-style espressos that always seemed to hit the spot. These experiences and memories all found their way into our discussion around this coffee.
One of the regions we visited in Portugal, Alentejo, ultimately felt like a fitting name to encapsulate this classic dark roast, our own experiences, and timeless traditions.
Over the years, we've honed in on a tried-and-true medium-coarse grind setting that works well for a range of home-brewing methods, including pour overs, coffee machines, and french press. With this grind setting, you have the power to adjust the flavor of your coffee through your coffee to water ratio and water temperature. Feel free to email us with questions or for brewing help!