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Spotlight on...Mexico Altura

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Spotlight on...Mexico Altura

Carrie Masek

This Spotlight features a lovely coffee that doesn’t get enough respect, Mexico Altura.

Coffee from Mexico has a less-than-stellar reputation because of the large amount of coffee grown on huge plantations owned by landlords and corporations based far away in Mexico City. The dynamic of large scale coffee production where the workers benefit very little from their work or from the quality of the coffee they grow produces a high volume of mediocre coffee.

Our Spotlight coffee, Mexico Altura, is grown on small family-owned farms, most under 10 acres. The farms are scattered in the mountains of two Mexican states, Chiapas and Oaxaca, regions with the perfect altitude and climate to grow high quality coffee.

The care these farmers take with their coffee shows in the cup. Though a relatively inexpensive coffee, Mexico Altura is a smooth, easy drinking coffee that’s great at any roast level. We like it roasted to a light (City) roast level, to heighten its lively orange peel topnotes, but at a medium (Full City or Vienna) roast level, the coffee becomes more balanced with lovely roasted nut and cocoa richness. Take it even darker for a sweeter, bolder cup.

Do you enjoy coffee from Mexico? If you do, we’d love to hear from you. You can share your thoughts on the Facebook thread or in a comment on this blog. Or, if you'd like to share your opinion with the wider world, leave us a coffee review on Google or on your favorite review site. Not only do we value your opinions, but reviews help more people find us. Help us connect coffee lovers to fresh, quality coffee!


~ Carrie, Paul and all of us at Coffee by the Roast