Mexico is the eighth largest producer of coffee beans in the world and in the year 2000, proved to be the greatest producer of organic coffee beans in the world. In Mexico, coffee is predominantly grown in the southern regions of the country. The coffee produced, is primarily arabica because it grows exceptionally well in the area.
The majority of Mexican coffee is produced by small farmers in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Although most coffee is produced in these two states, coffee is grown in twelve different states in Mexico which in addition to Chiapas and Oaxaca include: Colima, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Nayarit, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tabasco and Veracruz. In Mexico, an estimated 500,000 farmers and their families depend on the crop for their economic survival.
In the past, Mexican coffee was mostly inexpensive and known for being mild tasting with having hints of chocolate and nuttiness. However, over the years, Mexican coffee has become more sophisticated. In fact, today’s Mexican coffee has a very clean taste possessing a citric acidity with a balanced sweetness with hints of both toffee and chocolate. It is no wonder the coffee farmers of Mexico can produce such delicious coffee because the climate is perfect for growing. With the tropical climate and mountainous land, coffee is grown at higher elevations, which is what coffee connoisseurs believe is the reason for such strong flavors.
If interested in tasting a Fair Trade, USDA Certified Organic coffee from Mexico, Muddy Waters Coffee Co. offers a variety of options that will Wake Up Your Soul! In addition, to this month’s featured light roast coffee, which is the Annie & Mary Blend.