The Tequila Making Process

02. Preparing the Agave

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Preparing the Agave: Breaking Down the Agave Piñas

Prior to cooking, the agave piñas are broken down to evenly sized halves or quarters. This is done for a number of reasons:

  • Stackable pieces maximize space in small ovens.
  • Evenly cut pieces ensure more consistent cooking.
  • Splitting the piñas manually allows for the cogollo (ko-Goy-yo), the cluster of shorter leaves buried in the head of a non-flowering agave, to be carefully removed. This is done because the woody cogollo can impart a bitter flavor to the roasted agave.
A jimador cutting the cogollo on an agave plant

At Patrón: the cogollo is removed from every agave.