I recently received a generous gift from Rob at Rob Beans Coffee: a bag of his Chiapas Mexico beans. Thank you so much!
The company website offers the following information on this coffee:
Fair Trade and organic beans from the Chiapas region, an area renowned for its great tasting quality Mexican coffee. These beans were washed and sundried processed, and grown at a high elevation 900-1100 meters.
Flavor profile: Medium Body, light to medium acidity, dark chocolate, nutty notes
All orders are roasted to order, and shipped within 24 hours of roasting.
– Single Origin
– 100% Arabica
– Roasted in Glendale, California
Some of the beans were a little lighter in color than others, but overall, the roast appeared to be medium or medium light. The aroma made me think of berries and vegetables. Very nice!
I tried brewing this in several ways.
Both the moka pot and my favorite AeroPress method—inverted, with steel filter (I will describe the method in greater length in a future post!)—brought out this ”edge”, if you will. I really struggled to find the right way to describe it. Let’s just say that while the coffee did not feel harsh or acrid in any way, and was perfectly enjoyable, it was a little too ”hard” for my personal taste.
But then I put the moka pot aside and switched my AeroPress steel filter to the regular paper one. I also tried the most basic brewing method suggested in the AeroPress manual that came with the original package. You know, use the AeroPress the right-side up, put one scoop of coffee in the chamber, add 175 F hot water to ”2” on the chamber, stir for 10 seconds, press for 20–40 seconds.
In my opinion, this simple method brought the best out of Chiapas Mexico. The coffee was exactly what was promised on the website, and more: medium bodied and pleasantly acidic, with some delicious berry-like notes in the high end of the spectrum, and some organic rootiness and nuttiness in the midrange, maybe a hint of that chocolate, too. Very, very pleasant. I was left craving for more.
I truly enjoyed Rob’s Mexican beans. I also discovered another favorite AeroPress recipe in the process! Thank you Rob, you really know your stuff!
You coffee enthusiasts out there, I strongly suggest you check out Rob Beans Coffee!