Whole Bean Coffee

Sierra Mixteca – Rabbit Hole Roasters

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Sierra Mixteca
  • Roaster
    Rabbit Hole Roasters
  • Roaster Location
    Montreal, Canada
  • Estimated Price
    $13.50 / 8 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Hazelnut, milk chocolate, prune
  • Process
    Washed, fermented dry, 18-24 hours
  • Varieties
    Typica, bourbon
  • Country
    Mexico
  • Region
    Oaxaca
  • Elevation
    1700-1900 MASL
  • Producer
    Sierra Mixteca
  • Roast
    Light medium
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex, AeroPress
  • Review Date
    November 2, 2019

Coffee Scoring

8.9
Aroma
8.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
10 / 10
Balance
8.5 / 10
Sweetness
8.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
7.5 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Well rounded acidity

Cons
  • Short, abrupt finish

Rabbit Hole Roasters is a roaster based in Montreal, Canada who has a fun brand and a clear curiosity for finding great coffee. I’ve followed their coffee for awhile and was excited to try a few of their classic offerings recently including their Gakuyu’ini Kenya and Sierra Mixteca (as well as combining the two of them to make their Curiouser Blend). While I enjoyed each of the coffees, the Sierra Mixteca really stuck out as a special coffee.

When you first open the bag, you are hit with a nutty fragrance filled with rich, dark chocolate. Upon grinding the coffee, a sweetness emerges, which transforms the dark chocolate to a more decadent milk chocolate fragrance. After brewing, the same notes from the fragrance and aroma carried over and I tasted almonds, milk chocolate, as well as some more subtle dried fruit. The coffee has some nice sweetness that reminded me of chocolate covered almonds. It has a well-rounded acidity and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Sierra Mixteca is a really well-rounded and balanced coffee in almost every category. Each of its attributes work well together and none of them overpower the others.

Rabbit Hole Roasters offers a dark roast of this same coffee and I’d be interested to compare the two side-by-side. I thought this version had some nice complexity with the layering of flavors that I’d be afraid you’d lose with a darker roaster.

The Bottom Line

Sierra Mixteca is a well-rounded and balanced coffee that does well to check off almost every box for a quality coffee. It represents its origin of Mexico well and is a great option for anyone who enjoys Central and South American coffees.

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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