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Coffee arrived in Mexico via the Antilles. It was brought to Mexico in the late 1700s and was successfully cultivated there. By the late 1870s, Mexican coffee had become a commodity for export on a large scale. Today Mexico is the 5th largest coffee producer in the world and the largest source of U.S. coffee imports. Most Mexican coffee is grown in three of its states: Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas. The Roasterie’s Mexican coffee comes from the Chiapas region in the beautiful mountains of the southeastern-most corner of Mexico, near the border with Guatemala.

About Chiapas
The indigenous population of Chiapas is one of the biggest and most diverse in Mexico. It includes nine major indigenous ethnic groups, and 27% of the population speak an indigenous language. Although the name “Chiapas” comes from an ancient Aztec city, the state also has a very rich Maya heritage, is home to many Maya-descended people, and contains several major Maya cites including Palenque and Bonampak.

In 1994 the enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) sparked an organized opposition by indigenous people of Chiapas. Led by a mysterious masked intellectual known only as Marcos, the Zapatista movement brought international media attention to these indigenous groups’ struggle for land rights, cultural preservation and political autonomy. The balance between federal authority and local autonomy continues to fluctuate in Chiapas.

Chiapas produces about 60% of Mexico’s coffee, including some of Mexico’s very best and highest grown coffees. High altitude Mexican coffee is graded “Altura,” which is the top grade of coffee in Mexico.

The Roasterie’s Mexican coffee
Coffee connoisseurs often underestimate Mexican coffee, but we’ve found some amazing coffees out of Mexico! The expert cuppers at coffeereview.com describe the best Mexican coffee as “analogous to a good light white wine — delicate in body, with a pleasantly dry, acidy snap.”

Mexican coffee is different from coffee grown in nearby Guatemala. We find that typically it doesn’t have the very bright acidity of Guatemalan coffee, and it has dark chocolate notes and an interesting spice note that’s less common in Guatemalan coffee. Our Mexican Primo Altura also has some nice fruit notes as well.

We buy washed coffee beans from a group of farms in Chiapas. “Washed” refers to the way the coffee beans are processed after they are harvested. The coffee cherry's outer skin is removed along with the mucilage, the fleshy layer of fruit under the skin, and the coffee beans inside are washed.

Our Mexican coffee beans are Altura grade, which designates Mexico’s highest growing coffee. How does altitude affect coffee? Generally, it results in denser coffee beans, which adds nice complexities to the coffee’s flavor profile. Higher altitude coffee also tends to have higher acidity and a lighter body. The Roasterie’s Mexican coffee reflects the best qualities of high altitude coffee, and if you enjoy a clean-finishing coffee with citrus acidity and delicate complexity, we think you’ll love it.

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  • Mexico Fair Trade Organic

    Mexico Fair Trade Organic

    Mexico Fair Trade Organic

    A light, fruity acidity complements the fully nutty body. Unique spicy tones enhance the long smooth finish.

    $13.75
  • Mexico Primo Altura

    Mexico Primo Altura

    Mexico Primo Altura

    You’ll enjoy a light floral and cinnamon aroma. A superb balance of creamy body and subtle spice play off the more traditional orange citrus acidity. 

    $11.61

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