Mexico NKG BLOOM Tecolotl is grown in Los Altos, a land of mountains, valleys and old-growth forest bordering the Lacondona — the biggest jungle in Mexico, running from Chiapas through Honduras into the Yucatan Peninsula.
Tecolotl means owl in Tzeltal, the mother language of the Tzeltales, an indigenous people descended from the Maya. In Mayan culture, owls are believed to have mystical qualities. The owl created for this coffee's bag is an alebrije — a colorful, fantastical creature, in the Mexican folk art tradition, thought to act as a spirit guide, aiding people in the completion of their spiritual journey.
NKG BLOOM Tecolotl is shade grown, under native tree species using sustainable practices. Cherries are washed, fermented and sun-dried. The unique micro-climate, rich soil and elevation yield a complex and delicate cup.
NKG BLOOM, Por Más Café
The producers who contributed to Tecolotl are part of NKG BLOOM, an initiative of Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) to ensure the long-term viability of green coffee supplies and provide smallholder farmers with the opportunities and resources they need to run their farms at full potential and enter pathways out of poverty.
Por Más Café, now part of NKG BLOOM, was created by NKG export company Exportadora de Café California (ECC) in 2014, to address the coffee rust crisis. Since then, 4,520 producers have benefitted from the program, more than 5,300 hectares of coffee have been renovated, $11.2 million U.S. has been offered in financing and more than $34 million has been invested in farm renovations.
Now an even more holistic offering, NKG BLOOM provides custom service packages to producers that may include financing, high-quality inputs, seedlings, agronomy and business training, information services, access to markets and new coffee technologies.
Cupping notes: Jasmine, tangerine, caramel, chocolate; sweet. Citric acidity, juicy body.