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Mexico is an endless adventure. It is diverse, culturally rich, full of traditions that transcend and a vibrant cuisine. And outstanding products from mezcal to cocoa to coffee. It keeps you in awe! Without a doubt, Mexico is a vibrant country full of flavors.
Coffee is perhaps the true treasure of the Sierra Madre Mountain range, as it entered Mexico through the port of Veracruz during the 18th Century, carried from the islands of Cuba and Dominican Republic by the Spanish. During recent times, Mexico has become important in the production of organic coffee. Many of the small-scale producers are from remote communities, mostly of Indigenous descent, who work together to produce amazing coffees that showcase each municipality. A country with sixty-nine official languages of which sixty-eight are native languages like Mixe, Mazatec, Mixtec, and Zapotec.
Most of the coffee is produced in the southern half of the country in states such as Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Puebla. Producers have a mix of varieties such as Typica and Bourbon, yet there has been an increase in the production of Marsellesa, Catimor, Geisha, and the famous Pluma Hidalgo that was first found in this territory.
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Let’s visit Guatemala, one of the most biodiverse countries in Central America, a nation that captivates visitors and locals with its breath-taking natural scenery, ancient architecture, and indigenous cultures that go back thousands of years. Having 24 official languages other than Spanish, 22 Mayan languages and two other Indigenous native languages: Garifuna and Xinca. Coffee is a national pride, with Guatemala ranking as one of the countries with the highest proportion of all coffee produced considered of high quality.
A country that will not disappoint you, you have everything in one place. Traditional varieties such as Caturra, Catuai, Typica and Bourbon that are processed with extreme care, to new hybrid varieties that deliver good volumes and consistent coffees! It can perform as single-origin espresso or filter coffee, taking you on a journey through the country with its exquisite flavors. Guatemala is an all-around winner!
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We began working in Nicaragua in 2013, a country where 95% of its coffee is grown under shade, ensuring ideal conditions for amazing coffee to be grown. Known as “the land of lakes and volcanoes”, its beauty is seen through its picturesque towns, sensational surfing, and amazing coffees born of volcanic soils, misty forests, and dense shade.
In Nicaragua, we have a team of around 25 people that work alongside 100 quality-minded coffee producers, guiding them on producing better coffee, fermentation times, perfecting drying techniques, and giving them immediate feedback for all coffee delivered. We have established two drying and purchasing stations located north in Ocotal in Nueva Segovia and La Concordia in Jinotega.
Over the last 9 years for us at Caravela, it has been genuinely rewarding to see the quality of Nicaraguan coffee improve over time. A coffee well-suited to blending as well as single origin espresso and filter options!
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El Salvador is a coffee powerhouse in a tiny package. Despite being the smallest country in Central America, it has managed to stand out for its uncompromising quality, diversity of processes, and being the cradle of the Pacas and Pacamaras varieties and its coffees with unique notes.
In the seventies, El Salvador was the fourth largest coffee producer in the world with coffee representing 90% of the country’s exports. Violence was followed by land reforms, followed by a coffee leaf rust crisis, causing export volumes to plummet. Now a days with better access to the specialty coffee market, producers now have more options to commercialize their coffee.
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Colombia is mystical, diverse, and simply spectacular. Blessed by its privileged geographic location, being the only country in South America with coasts on both the Pacific and the Atlantic, Colombia is a nation proud of the coffee it produces. A country with a diversity of people and cultures, culinary, but also of topographies, climates, and ecosystems. This diversity, nourished by rich soils and the climatic confluences of the Pacific, Andes, and Amazon, makes Colombia a sweet spot that fosters year-round coffee production and harvests of remarkable quality and consistency. Were coffee is produced in more than half of Colombia’s 32 departments, most of them located along the three cordilleras.
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We began working in Ecuador in 2007 but started our own exporting operation in 2014. Working hand in hand with over 200 coffee growers, sourcing coffee from the regions of Pichincha and Imbabura in the North, Zamora and Loja in the South, Chimborazo in the center and the Galapagos Islands. Offering captivating gems from individual producers as well as unique blends.
A country where the coffee we sources has a negative carbon footprint, due to the high levels of carbon sequestration. Additionally, coffee growers in Ecuador often use little to no fertilizer, thereby reducing their carbon emissions.
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Since 2017, when we opened our exporting headquarters in the capital city of Lima, we have focused on seeking out quality minded producers in Peru. We established ourselves, mainly in two regions: Cajamarca, in the North and Cusco in the South. Although Peru has always had enormous coffee potential due to its farms, different altitudes and diverse varieties, access to the market has historically been difficult for coffee farmers.
Over the last couple of years, the specialty coffee mentality has steadily been taking hold, and as the market grows, farmers are noticing, and are starting to improve farm infrastructure and processes. We are excited to see this potential being reached and the beginnings of a fantastic specialty coffee origin.
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