Mexico central location between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean gives the cool climate that is perfect for growing coffee. The volcanic and mountainside regions grow one the best Arabica coffee beans!
History of Coffee
Coffee was first brought to Mexico in the 1700's when the Spanish invaded. Indigenous farmers were introduced to the coffee drink and given crops for them to plant and produce in Mexico. In the 1970's coffee didn't seem important until the coffee became the main export crop in the 80's. By the mid 1990's indigenous coffee producers were only being supported by cooperatives after coffee production tanked in the early 90's.
Today, Mexico produces about 3.7 Million bags of coffee weighing 65 kilograms each year. Coffee flowers only bloom 3-4 times a year due to the diverse climates of Mexico. November until March is known to be the coffee season because of the successful harvest. Coffee is grown in areas with higher altitudes and cooler climate. The fertile soil near volcanoes give the coffee plants a better chance in growing.
There are three key coffee regions in Mexico that are either volcanic or mountainous:
- Chiapas - known for the fertile soil that this volcanic region provides to grow high quality coffee
- Oaxaca - this mountainous region is known for growing Oaxaca Pluma Coffee on the slopes of the central mountains
- Veracruz - this mountainous region that grows coffee plants on the slopes while being closer to the gulf
Chiapas and Oaxaca are known to be altura which translates to "high grown." It was given that name because of the high quality coffee beans that are grown in those regions!
Flavors of the Coffee
Flavors of the coffee grown in Mexico vary from being:
It depends what region you are in but no matter where you are, the flavors of Mexican coffee is delightful and yummy. Even while it is being roasted, the aroma is so intoxicatingly good. Mexican Coffee is known to be a medium-dark roast as well!
Traditional Mexican Coffee
The traditional way to enjoy Mexican Coffee is to make Cafe de Olla! Cafe de Olla translates to "Coffee pot" because this coffee drink would usually be made in a clay or enamel pot. Cinnamon, and a dark sugar called piloncillo, are added to the brew and sometimes even an orange peel for that citrus zest or star anise.
Another way to enjoy Mexican Coffee
There are so many ways to enjoy Mexican coffee! Another common way is to add
- Chocolate syrup,
- Milk & sugar
- Whipped cream at the top.
It is the perfect blend between a hot chocolate beverage and coffee!
Earthgrounds provides Mexican Chocolate coffee beans
The chocolate flavor comes from a high quality oil that is added while the coffee beans are still warm and fresh. This coffee has those hints of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla in the flavor.
Click the picture below to check it out!
With every bag purchased, a tree is planted!
For more information about t Mexico's Coffee, check out this reference that we used to help us write this blog: https://perfectdailygrind.com/2020/03/coffee-origins-a-guide-to-mexico/