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The Story of Making Mexican Coffee
Mexico is one of the largest coffee-producing countries in the world, and the largest producer of organic coffee, accounting for 60% of world production in 2000. The vast majority of Mexican coffee, and particularly organic coffee, is grown by small farmers in the southern-most states of Chiapas, Veracruz and Oaxaca. These two states have the largest indigenous populations. Coffee is one of Mexico’s most lucrative exports and close to half a million small farmers and their families rely on the crop for their economic survival.
Coffee did not arrive in Mexico until the late 18th century, when the Spanish brought plants from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Its commercial cultivation began decades later when German and Italian immigrants relocated from Guatemala and other Central American nations. In the 1790s the first coffee plantations began to appear in the southeast state of Veracruz.
By the early 1990s, the southern state of Chiapas was Mexico’s most important coffee-growing area, producing some 45 percent of the annual crop of 275,000 tons. Veracruz is geographically divided into five zones one of which is known as the highlands. The highlands are home to Altura coffee which means “high-grown” and is the finest grade of coffee in Mexico. Where coffee is concerned, higher always means better, and the high-grown coffees of Mexico are considered very high-quality indeed and among the finest grown in the Americas.