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Encyclopedia of Mezcal

Curandera is the Spanish word for healer. In Mexico it's used for traditional healers and, depending on the source, can have some negative connotations like "witch doctor." But in many Mexican communities the curandera is a vitally important figure and

A tool, a word, so much more, and yet such a simple thing. Cogollo means variously “heart,” “middle,” or “shoot” and that’s pretty much exactly what it means in the context of mezcal. It’s the shoot that pops out of

The words for tools used to make mezcal vary by the tool and where they're from. One that seems fairly consistent is "mazo" which means the mallet used to hand crush roasted agave prior to fermentation. This is back, shoulder,

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