Today's coffee, Day 3 of Advent, is a biodynamic single origin from Mexico roasted by Skylark.
Skylark coffee is 100% not for profit, donating £1 per kilo to support both the environment and the people long exploited by coffee supply chains. Headed up by Micah Sherer (Head Roaster and Buyer) Skylark is based near Brighton, and supports a handful of local charities including Knepp Wildland Foundation
, who is a key environmental charity in the Southeast leading the way on rewilding, conservation and climate change. We love their transparent and honest business model, and are pumped to work with them.
La Limonada, Guerrero, Mexico
Pecan Praline, Lemonade, Mirabelle Plum
This is one of our most important coffees of the year. Mexican coffee has dwindled to almost nothing in recent years as a result of coffee leaf rust, low C market prices, political strife, and drug trafficking. Almost all remaining Mexican coffees are grown on large estates in Wahaca and other well known provinces. This coffee is different. It is from the Guerrero region, and is grown by indigenous people in traditional biodynamic fashion. These coffees are from tiny farms (often less than a hectare) with productions of less than 60 kg form many of them. These farmers' way of life depends on companies like Skylark supporting them by paying higher prices (£9.70/kg) than the market would offer for the quality they supply... That's why we bought a really big lot from Guerrero this year in order to support them. We sourced this coffee with Ensambles, who are a new importer for us, but do superlative work to shepherd this coffee from seed to our roastery.
This coffee is very soluble, so it should taste delicious however it's brewed. For filter I'd do a standard 1:16 ratio, and for espresso, 1:2