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Mexican Coffee

Mexican coffee is perhaps the best gourmet coffee to serve black because of its light and acidy taste in the cup. In fact, they are often compared to a good white wine. Mexican coffees typically have a very light body and are pleasantly dry with a crisp acidy snap. There are also a few gourmet Mexican coffee beans which aren't "typical". These are grown in the high mountain regions near the southern border of Mexico. Mexican coffees which are labeled "Mexican Altura" or "Altura Superior" have an excellent reputation for producing gourmet coffee exports which rival the very best Guatemalan coffees (such as, Guatemala Antigua coffee exports) in power and complexity.

There are several Mexican coffee plantations making truly special gourmet coffees. Coffees from the Oaxaca region are highly regarded. These Mexican coffee plantations sometimes use the market name Oaxaca or Oaxaca Pluma on the the label. Mexican coffee farms in the Chiapas region, which lies very near the border with Guatemala, are growing some of the highest grown Mexican coffee beans. Some Chiapas coffee exports use the market name "Chiapas" and some still use the traditional name "Tapachula". Chiapas coffee (or Tapachula coffees if you prefer) is another Mexican coffee which is often compared to Guatemalan coffees. This is probably due as much to its close proximity to Guatemala as it is to its actual taste.

Like with many gourmet El Salvador coffees, many Mexican coffees are also certified "organic coffee". This means that have been grown without pesticides or other potentially harmful chemicals. These are often good coffees which have been certified by an independent monitoring agency to be grown without the use of pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. The number of Mexican organic coffee exports on the market has grown steady over the last few years. With market trends (especially in North American specialty coffee shops) showing an increase in the organic coffee market, the likely hood of seeing more Mexican organic coffee growers in the future is quite high.

If you like your coffee black, then go for a "typical" Mexican specialty coffee. Otherwise, you might want to look for an Altura Superior coffee. In our experience, Altura Superior is the one of the most consistent coffees available anywhere.

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