Mexico Veracruz - Seleccion Huatusco
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Cupping Notes: Big body, nice structure, chocolate, toffee, lime, green grape

About This Coffee


Huatusco is the perfect region to grow coffee thanks to its abundant rainfall. Processing coffee in Huatusco is slightly more complicated than in other Mexican regions during coffee harvest season due to the rainy days and very cold nights (which delay the fermentation process). Rainy conditions also mean a lot of coffee is mechanically dried. The majority of producers include small farmers of 1 hectares and medium farmers of 18 hectares.

Country of Origin: Mexico
Region: Huatusco, Veracruz
Producer Type: Small Holder Farmers
Processing: Washed
Growing Altitude: 1100-1450 MASL
Plant Species: Arabica
Varietals: Colombia, Costa Rica, Marsellesa, Oro Azteca, Sarchimor

History of Coffee in Mexico

With seeds from the Caribbean, cultivation began in Veracruz, where custom house records indicate a few hundred bags of coffee were exported as early as 1802. But these exports were apparently anomalous because after 1805 coffee would not be exported again for twenty years, after the war of independence. Production did increase over this period, presumably for domestic trade and consumption. In 1817, a planter named Don Juan Antonio Gomez started “intensive cultivation” further south, where coffee thrived at high altitudes. By 1826 there were half a million trees in Cordoba and Mexican coffee was being exported.  In 1828, seeds—or possibly plants—from Arabia (Yemen) were planted in Uruapan, near the Pacific coast west of Mexico City, by Jose Mariano Michelena. Trees were brought from Guatemala to be planted in the southern state of Chiapas in 1847, and  Oaxaca would become the third largest producer of Mexican coffee by 1889.  

Growing Coffee in Mexico

Mexican coffee grows in 15 states throughout the southern half of the country but over 90% comes from four states: Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Puebla. Specialty coffee comes from the highlands of Veracruz on the gulf coast, the mountains of Oaxaca and Chiapas at the southern tip of Mexico. In Veracruz coffee grows from 1,100-1,660 m.a.s.l. In Chiapas coffee grows from 1,300-1,700 m.a.s.l. In Oaxaca coffee grows from 900-1,650 m.a.s.l. Coffee is grown by more than half a million farmers, 95% of these being smallholders cultivating less than three hectares and 85% of Mexico’s coffee farmers are indigenous Mexicans. Most Mexican coffee is grown under shade and Mexico is one of the world’s largest producers of certified organic coffee and Fair Trade coffee. Most Mexican coffee is Bourbon, Catura, Maragogype, or Mundo Novo, though other varieties can be found. Mexico grows almost no Robusta.  


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