You may know the country of Mexico for its cuisine or perhaps its sunny beaches, but if you haven’t tried its coffee you should. The southernmost state in Mexico, Chiapas is home to beautiful and wild scenery as well as important Mayan ruins. But, it is also famous around the world for producing delicious specialty coffee.
Mexico is the world’s ninth largest producer of coffee and much of that crop comes from Chiapas. Located in the southwest corner, the main coffee region of the state is known as Soconusco, an area geographically isolated from much of Mexico until the 19th century. There, mountain ranges rise to elevations of up to 2000 meters and run parallel to the Pacific Ocean. The highest peak in the region and the second highest in Central America, Tacaná Volcano, rises to 4800 meters (15,700 feet) above sea level. With rich volcanic soils and ideal climate, the area produces some of the best high-grown coffee in Mexico. Just north of the Soconusco region, the state of Chiapas is bordered by the district of Huehuetenango in Guatemala, a locale also known for its excellent coffee.
At Dilworth Coffee, our certified organic coffee from the Chiapas region originates from the Finca El Chorro. This farm is located near the Tacaná volcano and north of the city of Tapachula at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level. It is only a few miles from the Guatemala border and around 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded by Spanish immigrants, the Longo family, it has been producing coffee since the 1930s. Since 1980, coffee production at El Chorro has been organic and the farm’s coffee has been certified Shade Grown since 2002. In 2004, the output was certified as Bird Friendly Coffee by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, due to the presence of more than one hundred bird varieties on the farm.
AROMA: Nutmeg, Orange Blossom
BODY: Light, Juicy
FLAVOR: Black Tea, Fruity
ACIDITY: Balanced, Citric
AFTERTASTE: Clean, Refreshing
In the surrounding areas of Chiapas, coffee was first planted as a serious crop in the late 1800s, much of it by German farmers. By 1910 the state was the leading producer of coffee in the country. Today, the crop is grown primarily by small farmers, most with plots of ten acres or less, at altitudes that range from 500 to 1400 meters above sea level. Harvest takes place from November to January and the beans are sent to a co-op for wet processing. A sizable percentage of the crop from Chiapas is certified organic, meaning it adheres to strict USDA guidelines for number of things, including no use of pesticides. These sought-after coffees are often said to resemble the best high-grown coffees from neighboring Guatemalan in character and complexity. Described as silky bodied with a medium acidity, organic coffee from Mexico often gives a sense of chocolate on the palate and leave a touch of honey aftertaste.
Though coffee from locales such as Colombia and Sumatra may be a little more well-known, Mexican coffees should certainly be regarded as some of the best in the world. If you haven’t tried them yet, especially those that are certified organic, we highly recommend you do so!
For more information about our organic Mexico Chiapas or any of our other coffees, please visit one of our Dilworth Coffee stores, call 866 849 1682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.