Grupo Logoche

Grupo Logoche is a cooperative founded and run by the palenqueros and maguey growers of Barrio Logoche in Lachigüizo, a mezcalero community located outside of Miahuatlán de Porfirío Díaz in the Sierra Sur region of Oaxaca. Composed entirely of immediate and extended family, the co-op is made up of eleven men and one woman, all of whom have been working with agave their entire lives. Each batch is made collectively, with each participate contributing both their share of time, energy, and ripe maguey. They work in accordance with local tradition and methods, harvesting under a full moon and slow roasting the piñas of maguey for 4-5 days with mezquite and other local acacia woods. After being dugout and unearthed, the agave is rested for around a week, which allows for the caramelized hearts to cool and permitting the early stages of a dry fermentation process to begin. When the maguey is declared “read” it is chopped by machete and ran through a mechanical mill, similar to a wood chipper. Depending on the agave varietal and ambient temperatures, the shredded fibers are let to sit for one or two days before filtered will water is added to the Montezuma cypress sabino wood tanks. The seven wooden tanks hold between 800 and 1200 liters each, and are ready to be filled with water when the dry-fermented fibers have reached a high temperature and begin to give off a particularly pungent, slightly alcoholic aroma identifiable to every maestro distiller in the region. The co-op makes use of an elongated steel cap with a build in thermometer, allowing them to carefully monitor the temperatures in the boiler of the still and control levels of the various compounds present in the distillation process. As a collective entity, the cooperative predominantly works with Espadín endemic karwinskii varietals.

Tierra: colorada, roja, cascajo, negra

Horno: 10 ton capacity conical earthen oven

Mashing: machete and mechanical mill

Ferment: 7 Montezuma cypress sabino wood tanks. 1000-1200 liter capacity.

Distillation: For these initial batches, the group used three two different copper pot stills, two with a 250L capacity, and third, 300L capacity still.

MARIE NAKAZAWA