Coffee Highlight: Mexico Altura SHG Chiapas

History of Coffee Cultivation in Mexico

Our featured coffee for the month of January is Mexico Altura, grown at Santa Rosa Farms in Chiapas, Mexico. The state of Chiapas is located in the south of Mexico near the border of Mexico and Guatemala. It is one of three main coffee growing regions in southern Mexico, along with Veracruz and Oaxaca. Mexican Coffee was first cultivated in the state of Veracruz in the late 18th century, and during the 19th century coffee production spread to Chiapas and Oaxaca. Today the coffee industry in southern Mexico employs about 2 million people and contributes significantly to Mexico’s overall economy. 

This coffee grower from Chiapas has been working in coffee his whole life. See his interview and the formal welcome from the villagers (pictured above) in this video from our importer, Cafe Imports:*/tab=archive/stratified=Farm%20Select/view=beanology.view.shg-altura-chiapas-tenejapa-grainpro-2220/

Flavor Profile

The elevation of the Sierra Madre Mountain range and hot, tropical climate of southern Mexico create an ideal growing environment for coffee. The rich volcanic soil of the mountains gives Mexican coffee a low acidity, which is unique among most Latin American coffees. Mexican coffees generally feature notes of chocolate and nuts with a subtle body along with their low acidity. Som’s Café’s Mexico Altura features notes of dark chocolate with a red cherry underpinning and has become our best-selling coffee. 

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