Freshly Roasted Coffee
Here at the Octopus’s Garden we have been roasting coffee beans from the state of Nayarit for more than 10 years. The coffee is grown high in the mountains on small plantations and carefully controlled for quality, complying with organic agriculture standards.
Through a careful selection of single-origin harvests and artisanal techniques we produce two roast, French and Full City, both well appreciated by the guests of the Hostel and many customers from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and neighbouring towns.
- French: A dark bean where the coffee is roasted to the second crack, giving a shiny deep brown color with a distinguished and bittersweet aroma.
- Full City: A medium roast gives a fuller flavour that is a balance between the bright, nutty taste of light roasts and the rich and sweet character of darker ones.
For reasons of freshness we only sell the coffee at the Octopus Garden, ground to your taste on the spot. So if you are staying at the Hostel or visiting la Cruz don´t miss the special coffee!
Coffee in Nayarit
The main coffee producing regions in Nayarit are Ruiz, Santiago Ixcuintla, San Blas, Xalisco, Tepic and Compostela, though Santa María del Oro, Huajicori and Acaponeta also have plantations. In fact Nayarit is the most northerly region in the hemisphere for the production of coffee and so the coffee berries ripen more slowly, allowing the higher development of sugars and giving the resulting coffee more fruity tones with delicate notes of floral aromas, honey flavor, good body and well balanced acidity.
The coffee plants were introduced into Nayarit about 150 years ago when a group of French families set up the first plantations in the town of Malinal, at 900 metres above sea level in the municipality of Xalisco. The cultivation of coffee was taken up by the indigenous Coras and Huicholes of the mountains, but the place where it really took off was in the highlands of Huicicila in the municipality of Compostela.
Nowadays more than 5000 Nayarit families, in ten municipalities, are dedicated to the harvesting of coffee berries, besides the employment of hundreds of day laborers. In a good year around 7,000,000 kilos a year are exported.