Mexico: A Sleeping Giant of the Coffee World

Coffee is highly important in the global community as the second most internationally traded commodity. Considered as a sleeping giant of the coffee world, Mexico is one of the top 10 coffee-producing countries in the world. Coffee is one of Mexico’s most lucrative exports and close to half a million small farmers and their families rely on the crop for their economic survival. Mexico is a major grower of organic coffee, accounting for around 60% of world production.

While Mexico is not necessarily the first country everybody thinks of when we talk about coffee cultivation, it is nonetheless a major grower of the crop, currently occupying eighth place in the league table of coffee-producing nations.Mexico is currently the largest supplier of beans to the U.S. market and, following trends in many coffee-growing countries, the quality has also improved over recent years along with increasing output.

As is true for many South and Central American nations, Mexico has some regions that boast excellent growing conditions for coffee, especially the south and south-central parts of the country. Coffee was first brought to Mexico by the Spanish from plantations in Cuba and what is now the Dominican Republic in the 18th century. However, under Spanish colonial rule, the coffee industry never took off since the rulers preferred to focus on exports such as gold and silver.

Mexico is something of an “awakening giant” in the world of coffee and there are now so many coffees coming from the country for lovers of the drink to discover. The beans sold in the US have customarily been the lower-grade beans, which may have given Mexican coffee something of a poor reputation in the United States. However, if North American customers are willing to make the effort required to lay their hands on the best beans produced by their southern neighbor.

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