Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Coffee in the Latin regions

Latin America (orthographic projection)Image via Wikipedia

Black is in Mexico
Coffee in the Latin American region is mostly centered on the Mexican parts of the region. Coffees are produced in the gulf side of the region particularly in the Vera Cruz State. Coffees in these areas that are worthy to try are the Altura Orizaba and Altura Huatusco. Another source of coffee in this side of the world is the Altura Coatepec, which are purported to be really good-tasting.
Those that are produced in Oaxaca State as well as those in the Chiapas state are enjoying great reviews from coffee lovers all over the world.
Fine coffees are however not as a big thing in the Latin region as they lack the richness and thickness that can be seen in the coffees of other countries. Black coffees are still best in Mexico.
Coffee gold mine
The best coffees in the world can be found in the lands of this small country. Guatemala produces some of the best tasting coffees in the world. Among the kinds that it is most famous for are the Antigua coffee, the Coban, which can be found in the Alta Verapaz regions and the Huehuetenango, which is great-tasting although not as celebrated as the other two.
The Huehuetenango is fast gaining ground as many now prefer this over the Antigua, not because it is better tasting, but because the quality of the latter is dipping.
Coffee in Guatemala has a distinct spicy flavor that is hard to get in coffees in other countries. This is perhaps the reason why its coffee industry is steadily climbing.
Rich and Robust
There is nothing more that you can ask for in the coffee of Costa Rica. Compared to the Mexican coffee, Costa Rican kinds are richer and more robust. In fact, their coffee is often compared to a good wine. Coffees are grown primarily in San Jose, particularly in the districts of Tres Rios, Alajuela and San Marcos de Tarrazu.
Blended in the mountains
The most famous of coffee blends come from the Jamaican Blue Mountain. This is one of the most distinguished coffee blends in the world, known for its high price tag and distinctly addicting flavor. The success of the Blue Mountain blend is actually a sharp contrast to the failure of the coffee industry in other parts of the region particularly in the lowlands.
Because of the heavy tag prices that coffees in Blue Mountain command, locals take advantage and call their coffees Blue Mountain even if they are not produced in the same altitude. This is perhaps the reason why coffee produce has begun to dip in popularity.
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