Mexico Rancho San Francisco

This is a Vournas Coffee exclusive and perhaps one of the most underrated and undervalued coffees in all Central America! It is Strictly High Grown (SHG) by 3rd generation farmers, Delmar and Fernando Moreno Guillen, on their family estate high up in the Chiapas mountains. The farm utilizes a significant amount of natural shade trees, and while not certified organic, it is naturally grown and processed without chemical fertilizers. The varietals are mostly Typica and Bourbon, but there are a few Caturra trees still producing in some areas of the farm.

Our Rancho has become one of our marquis, staple coffees and a favorite amongst our roasters ever since we first began offering it over 14 years ago when we first established Vournas Coffee Trading. Overall it’s one of the most versatile coffees around; it can be roasted across the spectrum, blended, or enjoyed as solo cup or single origin espresso. The beans are relatively softer than other high grown centrals and develop a bit faster in the roast, coming out looking nice and BIG!

Chiapas is the southernmost region in Mexico, sharing a border with Guatemala to the west, and Oaxaca to the east. It is well suited to produce an almost “Guatemala-esque” profile; medium body, medium acidity (although not as much as a Guatemala Huehuetenango), a nice oaky, nuttiness and a hint of spice. Mexico as a whole is the world’s 8th largest producer of coffee, with the majority of production occurring in Chiapas and Oaxaca. The mountainous highlands of Chiapas provide an ideal climate in terms of temperature and humidity for arabica cultivation; it’s also home to some breathtaking vistas and numerous ancient Mayan archeological sites.

The United States is the main buyer of Mexican coffee, consuming nearly 80% of the green produced here. Mexico has been producing coffee ever since it was first introduced to the Veracruz region from Cuba in 1790.

Cupping Notes: Medium body, medium acidity, smoky with almond nuttiness and slight hints of peach.
Producer: Delmar and Fernando Moreno Guillen
Region: Chiapas
Total Area (ha): 150
Variety: Typica, Bourbon,
Processing: Washed
Altitude: 3,300 - 5,000 ft
Coffee Grading: SHG
Harvest: November — January