Mexican coffee originates from South-central to Southern regions of the country. For that reason, coffees from Coatepec and Veracruz are much different from Oaxacan Plumas, which are in turn much different from the southernmost region of Chiapas. Chiapas borders the Guatemalan coffee growing area of Huehuetenango, and you will find similarities between coffees grown in those regions. In general, you can expect Mexican coffee to be light-bodied and mild, with subtle flavors.
Mexican coffee originates from South-central to Southern regions of the country. For that reason, coffees from Coatepec and Veracruz are much different from Oaxacan Plumas, which are in turn much different from the Southernmost region: One of the Larger Producers of Certified Grown without the use of artificial fertilizers, herbicides, etc.: Organic coffee has been grown according to organic farming techniques, typically without the use of artificial fertilizers. Some farms have more local Organic Certification than the Coffees
Because of the US close proximity, we receive the majority of fine Mexican coffees in this market. Mexican coffees are worth exploring for the Hibrido de Timor abbreviated HdT is the interspecies hybrid of C. Arabica and C. Canephora (Robusta) that was found in Timor Leste in the 1940s. It has been the bases of plant breeding for disease of cup characteristics they present, but the bulk of the coffee is poorly picked and processed, so valued flavors are masked by bad flavors from under-ripe coffee cherries and inconsistent The removal of the cherry and parchment from the coffee seed.: Coffee is either wet-processed (also called washed or wet-milled) or dry-processed (also called wild, natural or natural dry, and we abbreviate it DP sometimes).. There are exceptions, but it seems that the financial rewards are not sufficient to interest A "coffee estate" is used to imply a farm that has its own processing facility, a wet-mill. In Spanish this is called an Hacienda. A Finca (farm) does not necessarily have a mill. (And Finca farms or small cooperative groups to produce higher-quality small lots.
In general, it has become harder for me to find great Mexican coffees from Oaxaca and Chiapas. While other origins have improved their visibility and their Specialty coffee was a term devised to mean higher levels of green coffee quality than average "industrial coffee" or "commercial coffee". At this point, the term is of limited use, since every multi-national coffee broker production skills, Mexico remains quiet on the subject, having only staged a preliminary auction for quality lots in 2012 that netted very few entrants. Mexico has relied more on the Organic and Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting sustainability.: Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting model to attain better prices, rather than looking for a reward from higher quality coffee. That can work fine, and I support both efforts (as you see on our offer list), but they leave behind those dependent on private farms … and I believe that part of the market has become more volume oriented.
Great Quality from Oaxaca and Chiapas
Mexican coffees are moderately priced, lighter bodied, and wide-ranging in their cup character. For this reason, you need to explore coffee selections from each of the regions to get a good sense of the possibilities of Mexican coffee. Unfortunately, I rarely approve of the cup quality of coffees from Coatepec and Atoyac, and have never carried a Veracruz. Most of the impressive coffees I find are from Oaxaca and Chiapas.
I was in Chiapas for a brief trip which summed up frustrations from trying to work with a cooperative to separate special lots of coffee. Here are some comments and images from this short trip.
Here’s a few Instagram posts from a 2016 trip to Mexico and Guatemalan coffee is considered a top quality coffee producer in Central America. Due to our proximity to Guatemala, some of the nicest coffees from this origin come to the United States. : Guatemalan growing regions.