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Mexican coffees are extremely popular due to their subtle flavors and range of body. Coffee is primarily grown in the southern-most state of Chiapas, where tropical conditions, higher altitudes, and volcanic soils create ideal growing conditions. Coffee was originally introduced to the Veracruz region the Caribbean, but nowadays, most coffee is produced in the aforementioned Chiapas region. However, it’s a long-standing debate on whether Chiapas or Veracruz has the best coffees. Typically, good Mexican coffee will be light bodied with mild acidity.
Turquesa (Turquoise in Spanish) is named after the vast blues in the oceans and skies of Mexico. This coffee has large beans, is high grown, and comes from multiple farms in the region of Chiapas. Most of the area’s coffee producers are smaller farms and owned by families of indigenous descent. This is largely due to the Zapatista movement which prevented any large coffee company from creating a monopoly in the 1990’s. The beans are European Prepared (EP) to ensure minimal defects and are wet processed, meaning the skin / pulp of the cherry is removed from the beans after harvesting.