Mexico

You’re not just selling a bag of coffee; you’re selling a mini-adventure to every customer.  That smell when they open the bag transports them – if only for a second – to somewhere distant, where the sun shines, with colour, with markets, with chicken buses. Jungles and howler monkeys, vast sweeping deserts and magnificent multifarious ancient civilizations. Chile and mole and Huitlacoche; Tenochtilan and Huitzilopochtli; Popocateptl and Xochimilco.  If ever a place were the epitome of everything you would want ‘origin’ to be, it’s Mexico.

History of Coffee in Mexico

Anyone who is fortunate enough to have spent some time in Mexico knows it is a country rich in culture, history, gastronomy, and agricultural potential. The first coffee seeds arrived to Mexico all the way from Ethiopia. There is still no certainty, however, as to how they first got there, or through which region these seeds entered the country. Some believe that they first arrived to Mexico through Veracruz from the Antilles in 1790. Others say that the first seeds arrived from Cuba, and still other theories state that they first arrived in Michoacán, or through Chiapas, directly from Guatemala. What is known for sure, is that after the first coffee seeds entered the country, coffee plantations expanded throughout the country, causing massive changes to the soil and landscapes.

At first, coffee in Mexico was very well regarded, until the Mexican Revolution took hold and coffee plantations began to deteriorate resulting in a decrease in quality. After the revolution ended, large proportions of land, that had originally been owned by the Mexican elite, began to be broken up and farmed by small scale producers.

Over time this has resulted in a culture of small holder farming which continues today, with more than 300,000 active coffee producers.

During the last two decades, there has been an expansion in coffee culture in Mexico, not only in terms of plantations, but also in the consumption of it. Today, coffee represents about 50% of the agricultural exports in Mexico, and 5% of the country’s total exports.  Mexico produces coffee in 12 states, mainly in the south, and it is one of the top ten biggest coffee producing countries in the world. It produces around 4 million bags of coffee, 97% of which is Arabica, annually. Recently there has also a boom in specialty coffee production in Mexico. This has encouraged more small and medium scale producers to get involved with the production of these types of coffees.

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General Info

Number of Producers

Average Farm Size

Hectares

Attitude

Number of exports

x 1000 bags

Harvest

December to March

Shipping Months

January – July

Buying areas

Click on the buying areas of the map to find out more

Chiapas

Pacamara, Maragogype, Arabe,
Bourbon, Caturra

Harvest: November - March

Farm Size: 17 Hectares

Shipments:
March- July

Atitude: 1,300-1,700 MASL

Oaxaca

Pluma Hidalgo, Bourbon

Harvest: December - April

Farm Size: 30 Hectares

Shipments:
March - July

Altitude: 900-1,650 MASL

Veracruz

Bourbon, Typica, Pacamara

Harvest:
October - March

Farm Size: 18 Hectares

Shipments:
March - July

Atitude: 1,100-1,600 MASL

brands

Harvest Calendar

Chiapas

 

  • Varieties: Pacamara, Maragogype, Arabe, Bourbon, Caturra
  • Average farm size: 17 Hectares
  • Altitude:1,300-1,700 MASL
  • Harvest Time: November – March
  • Shipment-months: March – July
  • Cupping notes: Creamy, Chocolate, Cocoa, Red and Yellow Fruits, Cytrics
Oaxaca

  • Varieties: Pluma Hidalgo, Bourbon
  • Average farm size: 30 Hectares
  • Altitude: 900-1600 MASL
  • Harvest Time: December – April
  • Shipping Months: March – July
  • Cupping notes: Chocolate/Cocao, Hazelnut, Yellow Fruits, Tropical Fruits, Delicate Acidity, Creamy Body
  • Brands: Monte Albán, Flor de Corazón, El tigre
Veracruz

  • Varieties:  Bourbon, Typica, Pacamara
  • Average farm size: 18 Hectares
  • Altitude: 1,100 – 1,600 MASL
  • Harvest Time: November – March
  • Shipping Months: March – July
  • Cupping notes: Cytric, Red Fruits, Lime, Panela
  • Brands: La Cuesta

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Our Team on the Ground

Our employees are our most important asset because whitout their dedication and passion for coffee, we would not be able to operate our business. We appreciate the job of those workers who add valuable contribution to the company, who don't only help to satisfy the necessities of more than 250 roaster around the world, but they align to our five values; transparency, traceability, direct relationships, cup quality, and sustainability. These people have been capable of delivering some of the best Latin American coffee to the world, whilst generating impact at origin and growing sustainably without losing their focus. Congratulations to our valuable and outstanding Caravela team!



Jose De Echavarri


Jose Antonio is our Mexico Country Manager and Director for Central America. He has been working for Caravela since June 2017. Although we have been working in Mexico since 2014, Jose Antonio was our very first employee in the country. He has had the huge responsibility of starting Caravela's direct presence in the country, developing new relationships, building a new team, and setting up the office and main QC lab in Puebla. Now he continues to expand our presence in Mexico finding some of the most amazing coffees in the country and building new and exciting relationships with quality-minded farmers. In his free time Jose Antonio loves to ride bikes and participate in triathlons, as well as traveling around the world with his wife.



Margarita Ramírez


Margarita is our Admin and Logistics Assistant, based at our head office in Puebla. Her main role is to make sure that all parchment coffee purchased is moved efficiently from our warehouses to the dry mill and then shipped on time and in-full, as well as helping out in any way she can to maintain the operation moving efficiently. Margarita compliments our small but efficient Mexico team making sure that we satisfy our customers worldwide with an on-time fulfillment of the highest quality Mexican coffee.

Aromas 2018

Aromas is a showcase cupping competition and private auction where a select international jury cup a curated selection of coffee from throughout Mexico.
This event aims to discover exceptional Mexican producers and facilitate long term relationships between them and coffee roasters throughout the world.

Aromas 2018

Aromas is a showcase cupping competition and private auction where a select international jury cup a curated selection of coffee from throughout Mexico. This event aims to discover exceptional Mexican producers and facilitate long term relationships between them and coffee roasters throughout the world. The winners

Hotel Santa Fe - Event Location

Hotel Santa Fe - Event Location

First cupping day

Cupping Session

International Jury

Bidders with one of the winning farmers

Winning farmers

Robin Cleaver with Cucurucho Café - First place farmer with top bidder

Second place grower with the winning bidders of his lot

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