Mexico Finca Muxbal

Mexico Finca Muxbal


Cup Profile: papaya and caramel

Coffee was introduced to Mexico during the 19th century from Jamaica and since then the country has become the fifth largest producer in the world, and Chiapas, is Mexico’s largest coffee producing state and it is from here where we source the fantastic Finca Muxbal.

In the local Mame dialect, Muxbal means ‘place surrounded by clouds’, It stands proudly on the slopes of the active Tacana volcano on Guatemala’s northern border. The farm is managed by mother and son team Maeggi Rodriguez and Jorge Gallardo. It was purchased in 1959 by Maeggi’s father, Don Enrique, a man who was very much a pioneer of his time. He introduced three key principles that remain as important today as they were then:

  • social responsibility

  • environmental sustainability

  • production of very high quality coffee

    The evidence of these three principles can be seen around the farm and tasted in the cup. The quality is really exceptional. The key varietals include Catuai, Caturra and Mundo Novo. Recently Pacamara has been introduced – an experiment of Jorge’s that could provide us with some interesting micro-lots in the future. Perhaps the wonderfully complex quality of this coffee is due to an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level, or the rich and fertile volcanic soils, or the meticulous care and attention that Maeggi and Jorge take in all aspects of harvesting and processing. In blind cuppings against very good coffees from Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, Muxbal has achieved higher scores than we might have expected for a Mexican coffee. If Mexico’s reputation for speciality coffee has often been muted then Muxbal really is a ruby in the dust.

    The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified.

  • Pack: 250 grams

  • Region: Tapachula, Chiapas, Southern Mexico

  • Variety: Caturra

  • Process: Washed

  • Altitude: 1430 - 1680

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