Paraje Los Machos is an association of 180 coffee producing families from three towns in the Sierra Juarez; Santo Domingo Cacalotepec, San Miguel Yotao and San Juan Juquila. The Sierra Juarez, as well as being the birthplace of Benito Juarez- Mexico’s first President of indigenous origin- is a temperate mountain range to the north of Oaxaca city. Most members of the association are of Zapotec heritage and speak Spanish as second language after Zapoteco. There is a very strong, communal aspect to Los Machos across its three towns that is deeply rooted in the historical ties of the community to the region. Rather than employ pickers during the harvest, when a member’s coffee is ready to be picked, several neighbours will help the producer to harvest their coffee. Instead of payment, the producer whose coffee is being harvested is expected to cook lunch for everyone and in turn, to help pick the coffee of those who helped them when their coffee is ready.
700ml water at 96C, 100g to bloom, pulse pour the remainder.
Aim for all out in 4:30-5:00
60g Coffee, 1L water at 94C.
Brew for 4 minutes, stir and then plunge.