About our Mexican Roasted Coffee Beans
The story of coffee production in Mexico is long and tumultuous. Despite riding the currents of an ever-changing market, this country managed to bounce back and produce delicious, high-quality coffees with certifications rarely found in other coffee-producing countries
A History of Mexican Coffee
Coffee — first introduced to Mexico by Spanish settlers in the 1700s — for many years grew solely under the supervision of a small group of landowners who held a monopoly over its production in the country. Eventually, Mexico became the main supplier of Arabica beans to the United States and established itself as one of the world’s top coffee-producing countries.
Mexican Coffee in the Present Day
Today, Mexican coffee production is on the rise once again as it’s experienced small farmers leverage their skills to increase the country’s export volume. In fact, about 70% of Mexico’s coffee production happens on small farms, which number more than 500,000. Mexican coffee growers also produce multiple crops — like fruit, sugar cane, and beans — to supplement their income.
Mexico currently produces between 2 million and 4 million bags of coffee beans each year, earning its place among the world’s top coffee-producing countries. With a typically mild flavour, Mexican coffee beans often form the base of many commercial blends. However, such commercial use also helped regenerate overall demand for a variety of Mexican coffee exports.
The country’s main coffee-producing regions now also grow high-quality coffees thanks to their volcanic soil and dependable rainfall. These regions account for 95% of Mexico’s coffee production, and many growers hold organic and fair trade certifications that increase the value of their products.
Almost all Mexican coffee producers use the washed processing format with many picking and processing their beans by hand to ensure they sell the highest-quality coffee cherries.
- Flavour Profile: Since its introduction in the 18th century, coffee remains one of the region’s most important exports. Located on the gulf side of Mexico’s central mountain range, the region features two different coffee-producing areas: lowland and mountainous.While its lowland coffees often have an unremarkable flavour profile, the region’s mountainous coffees include the sought-after Altura Coatepec beans. Named after the town of Coatepec, Altura Coatepec coffee has a reputation for nutty, bright, and chocolatey tasting notes.
- Processing Format: Washed