Celebrate Cinco de Mayo all week long with our featured guest coffee: Mexican Altura from The Roasterie in Kansas City.
We'll be featuring Mexican Altura each evening from 5-8pm for a "Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour". Enjoy a cup with our special cannoli of the week - Cinnamon Dulce de Leche.
Altura literally means "high altitude". Danny O'Neill, "Bean Baron" at The Roasterie, calls this the best coffee available from Mexico. Kenneth Davids of CoffeeReview.com gave it a score of 89.
Origin: Sierra Madre Mountains, southeastern Chiapas State, Mexico
Notes: Altura is a grading term applied to Mexico coffees that are high-grown; here it is used by The Roasterie to label a Mexico coffee produced by small holders in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas, one of the regions ravaged by Hurricane Stan in late 2005. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans.
Blind Assessment: Mild, pleasingly sweet fermented fruit notes complicate aroma and cup and read as chocolate, red wine, cedary cherries, perhaps with a hint of sweet herb. The acidity is low-toned and balanced, the mouthfeel roundly smooth. The finish is clean but slightly thin.
Who should drink it:Those who enjoy the sweet, giddily wine-like flavor of slightly fermented fruit.
Who says you have to wait until five o'clock and settle for drinking those lame Coronas this week* just to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Stop in and enjoy a cup or two of Mexican Altura.
Trust us, you'll leave saying, <<¡Lo gusto!>>
*Having lived a year in Mexico I can assure you actual Mexicans usually prefer Modelo or other brands to Corona. After all, if it was good beer you wouldn't need that lime would you?