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A coa, also known as a “coa de jima,” is a specialized tool for shearing off agave pencas. It has a standard tool handle and a large round blade at the business end. While it seems that coas are most frequently used in Jalisco to harvest blue agave for tequila, they are frequently found wherever agaves are harvested.

Max co-founded Mezcalistas with Susan way back in 2012. Before that he was a journalist at Salon.com and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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