The Chiapas region of Mexico is famed around the world for producing fine coffee, particularly our organic Mexico Chiapas.

The southernmost state in Mexico, Chiapas is home to beautiful and wild scenery as well as important Mayan ruins, including the ancient city of Palenque. It is also famed around the world for producing fine 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.

Coffee was first planted in the state as a serious crop in the late 1800s, much of it by German farmers, and by 1910 Chiapas 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.  Like our organic Mexico Chiapas, a sizable percentage of the crop from Chiapas is certified organic. Producers of coffees that are certified organic must adhere 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 including our organic Mexico Chiapas 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! Visit our Charlotte NC area Dilworth Coffee storefronts or our coffee roasting facilities in Raleigh, NC.

For more information about our organic Mexico Chiapas or any of our other coffees, please call 866 849 1682 or email customerservice@dilworthcoffee.com.

 

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