Best Mexican Coffee Brands

When people think about Mexico, what comes to mind first is tequila and tacos. Mexico is known as the country with incredible history and tasty food, but they also grow one of the world’s best coffee beans.

Mexico might not come to mind when you are hunting for the best coffee-growing countries in the world; despite this notion, Mexico produces over 252 000 metric tonnes of4 coffee yearly, making them the 8th biggest coffee producer globally.

Aside from growing the best coffee, Mexican’s make one of the best coffee’s in the world – it is rich and can be intimidating. Cinnamon, sugar, and other flavors are added into the coffee while brewing, rather than added after brewing. What you get is a cup of coffee that is smooth, complex, and a little spicy.

What does Mexican coffee taste like? What are some of the best brands of Mexican coffee available in the market?

If you had a good cup of coffee from your favorite Mexican coffee shop and you would love to replicate something similar, we have reviewed the best Mexican coffee brands and also included a buyer’s guide to help you satisfy your craving.

Volcanica’s Mexican Coffee

We picked Volcanican as our first pick because it’s our overall favorite in Mexico. It has delicious beans and certified Fair Trade and Organic.

The coffee has an interesting twist that blends the complex roasted beans with hazelnut’s nuttiness, producing an unusual flavor. The coffee is sweet on its own but tastes heavenly when hazelnut is included at the start of brewing.

This medium roast whole beans with roasted hazelnut notes also have a subtle taste of dark chocolate, accompanied by mild acidity, the perfect flavor for Mexican coffee.

Volcanica is a brand you can trust as they are committed to providing you with freshly roasted coffee from one of the best coffee-producing regions. The coffee is typically grown in volcanic soils and at high altitudes – all of these are responsible for the remarkable taste of Volcanica’s coffee.

Features

  • Complex, excellent flavor
  • Certified Organic & Fair Trade
  • Hazelnut flavored.

What We Love

  • Good flavor
  • Good value
  • Swiss processing

What Can Be Improved

  • It can be inconsistent.

Dancing moon Dark Roast

The dancing moon coffee surprises despite its dark roast profile; it is smooth with a syrupy body and a flavor similar to the medium roast. It is not bitter and has nutty overtones with crisp acidity. The dancing moon dark roast is a whole bean, which means you can decide how fine you want your ground.

The coffee is grown in Sierra Madre Mountains at a high altitude of 4000-4500 feet above sea level. It is organically grown and environmentally responsible. The coffee is fully flavored and dense with roasted cashew, cocoa, brown sugar-toned sweetness for a balanced taste.

This coffee’s unique characteristics make it strong enough to be used for espresso brewing and delicate enough for a pour-over.

Features

  • Dark roast
  • Rich notes of cashew and cocoa
  • Organically grown

What We Love

  • Smooth, especially for a dark roast
  • Whole bean

What Can Be Improved

Groundwork Organic Single Origin Whole Bean

The groundwork coffee beans boast of a delicate profile of milk, chocolate, almond, apple, and sugar cane sweetness. It’s a light roast coffee that is sustainably grown and freshly roasted in Southern California.

The company has a direct trade with farmers to ensure excellent coffee quality in other to reward the communities responsible for growing the coffee beans. Sustainably developed, the coffee beans are meant to be drunk black to enjoy the delicate flavor.

The coffee is certified organic; this means the beans were not exposed to harmful pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. It is singly sourced and has got everything you would want from a delicious Mexican coffee.

Features

  • Light roast
  • Sweet notes of milk chocolate & almonds
  • Organic certified

What We Love

  • The light roast blend
  • Whole beans
  • Sustainably sourced

What Can Be Improved

Lucas Organic Mexican Dark Coffee

The Lucas Mexican coffee is certified Organic and Trade Fair and sourced from the most popular coffee growing region in Mexico – Chiapas. The coffee is roasted dark but has a rich flavor profile with a clean finish.

The coffee has tasting notes of dark chocolate and blackberry in its medium body that sets a great tone if you are newly venturing into drinking Mexican coffee. To enjoy the best taste of this coffee, you should add cinnamon and sugar while brewing.

It’s a decaf coffee which makes it a good choice for people who want lesser caffeine in their coffee. If you do not mind doing the work of adding cinnamon and sugar while heating, then you have got yourself one of the best Mexican coffees.

Features

  • Whole bean
  • Dark roast
  • Chocolate flavor & clean finish
  • Decaf

What We Love

  • Great flavor
  • Excellent base for Mexican coffee

What Can Be Improved

  • A Bit Pricey

New Mexico Piñon Coffee

If you want a Mexican coffee with hints of cinnamon spice and chocolate, the New Mexico coffee is what you need. The medium roast coffee beans have a superior exotic flavor that is well balanced.

 If you are an old buyer of the New Mexico piñon coffee, you will know that the flavor used to contain piñon nuts; the company stopped adding it to the coffee because of scarcity issues. The taste without piñon nuts might feel different for an old-time customer, but it still tastes just as good.

100% Arabica, it’s a multi-bean blend sourced from high-altitude and roasted in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s a whole bean with natural flavoring.

Features

  • Superior taste
  • 100% Arabica
  • Medium roast

What We Love

  • Natural flavoring
  • Multi-bean blend
  • Nutty notes
  • Excellent blend of roast and extra

What Can Be Improved

  • No longer flavored with piñon

Fresh Roasted Coffee Organic Mexican Chiapas

If you are looking for a well-established coffee brand that sources the best coffee from a unique single region, Fresh Roasted coffee provides you just that. The coffee beans are sourced from the most popular region in Mexico, Chiapas – specifically Tapachula.

The coffee is mild but flavorful with notes of brown sugar, pear, and cashew. 

It has a little bit of acidity, significant sweetness, with zero bitter taste. This Fresh roasted coffee needs a little bit of sugar to make a proper cup of Mexican coffee.

It has a bold and dark taste, with whiffs of chocolate spice. It comes in whole beans to ensure it stays fresh every time you want to brew. Aside from the whole beans, it also comes in ground and single-serve, making various options available to everyone.

The company sources the best coffee and is dedicated to supporting the coffee regions, reinforcing sustainability while also taking care of the farmers responsible for coffee production. Some of the processes for making Fresh roasted coffee are done in Mexico, while roasting, blending, and packing are done in the USA.

Features

  • Medium roast
  • Whole beans
  • Ground coffee
  • Single-serve

What We Love

  • Bold, dark flavor
  • Chocolate spice
  • Sustainably sourced

What Can Be Improved

  • Pricey
  • It has a sour taste

Oakland Coffee Works

Chiapas is the home for growing the best coffee in Mexico, and Oakland coffee Is no different. Gotten from small farms and handpicked by farmers, what you get from Oakland coffee is the best possible coffee beans quality.

Oakland coffee brew is bold, rounded, and deep with a particular flavor. It is perfectly roasted with a rich taste that is slightly acidic, not bitter, and balances with prominent earthy notes. The coffee is light and bright with nutty and chocolate notes. This blend is a treat, and people compare it to Guatemalan coffee (one of the best in the world).

Oakland coffee is sustainably sourced and takes into consideration the environment and the farming community of Mexico. They also set up enhancement projects that support the communities where the coffee is farmed. Moreso, the coffee is bagged in a compostable bag also to promote sustainability.

Features

  • Medium roast
  • Whole beans
  • Deep rounded flavor

What We Love

  • Roasted to perfection
  • No bitter taste
  • Compostable pack
  • Single-origin blend

What Can Be Improved

  • Not available as ground coffee

Los Portales Mexican Gourment Coffee

The Los Portales coffee is gotten from three plantations in all the most popular coffee growing regions, Veracruz, Chiapas, and Oaxaca. It is grown at a high elevation of between 2,600 – 3,200 feet above sea level.

The coffee is light and mellow but with complex properties. It has prominent chocolate notes complimented by caramel & toasted grain hints. The coffee has mild acidity that makes it a good choice for anyone with a sensitive stomach.

The medium roast coffee is suitable for anyone looking for mild and easy-to-drink coffee with a hint of complexity. If you love Chiapas beans, then you should give this brand of coffee a try. It is 100% Arabica and has a distinct taste from other coffees grown in the region.

Features

  • Medium roast
  • Chocolate aroma
  • 100% Arabica

What We Love

  • Chocolate flavor
  • No bitter aftertaste
  • Balanced flavor notes

What Can Be Improved

  • Only available as ground coffee

Wild coffee whole bean

Wild coffee whole bean is sourced from the Chiapas region in Mexico and grown at a high altitude of 2,600 to 5,900 feet above sea level. The beans are processed in Mexico before roasting in Austin, Texas, to preserve its freshness. The clay mineral soil-grown coffee is manifested in nutty, chocolate, and caramel tasting notes.

Dark roasted, the beans are quite versatile and taste delicious in both cold brew and espresso. The coffee is hand-roasted, hand-delivered, and shipped while still fresh. It is also a high-performance coffee that blends well with butter or MTC oil to create bulletproof coffee.

The coffee is ethically sourced; the farmers in Mexico are well cared for with improvement in their living conditions.

Features

  • 100% Arabica coffee
  • Whole beans
  • Dark roast

What We Love

  • Fresh roasted
  • Ethically sourced
  • Great aroma with natural oil
  • Nutty, caramel notes, and baker’s chocolate

What can be improved

  • Only available in whole beans

Café De Olla Mexican Ground Coffee

When referring to good Mexican coffee, Café de Olla has to make this list. It is quite flavorful and can be purchased pre-ground. The dark roast coffee has excellent flavor, texture and a complex blend of spice. Although dark flavored, it lacks the bitterness associated with dark roast coffees.

The coffee pairs well with desserts and is a good choice for you on days when you crave a hot spicy, comforting drink. The coffee is made from Arabica, Mexican brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, and anise.

Features

  • Ground coffee
  • Dark roast
  • 100% Arabica

What We Love

  • Smooth
  • Great Flavor
  • Cinnamon Flavor

What Can Be Improved

  • Very expensive
  • A bit too sweet

Buyer’s Guide

If you had a great cup of coffee at a Mexican coffee shop on your last trip to Mexico and will like to replicate something similar, you will need tips and hints on what to buy. There are various factors to consider before making your purchase.

Roasts

Most good Mexican coffees come in medium roasts. A medium roast is a balanced place between dark roast and light roast. Because most Mexican coffees contain lots of spices and sugar, the medium roast does a better job of rounding out the flavors and producing a smooth and delicious cup of coffee.

Avoid purchasing any Mexican coffee that is not in medium roasts.

Flavor

Mexicans enjoy the complex blend of smooth medium roast coffee balanced with spices. Most Mexican coffees are brewed with cinnamon and sugar alongside the beans. Some other brands have included different flavors like hazelnut to improve the coffee’s taste and complexity.

Any Mexican coffee with hazelnut flavor is worth savoring.

Beans or Grounds

If you prefer your beans pre-grounded, that’s a fantastic choice in respect to flavor when purchasing Mexican coffee. The pre-grounded coffee is a better option for hitting those flavor notes because the flavors are added after the grinding process.

The downside to this choice is that your coffee will not remain as fresh as if it were ground coffee.

If you prefer whole beans, you can request the beans to be flavored before purchase, so you don’t miss out on the complexities when you decide to grind. Purchasing the whole beans means you get your required flavor and a fresh, lasting coffee.

Brewing Method

Most Mexican coffees are brewed in a variety of ways. The pre-grounded coffee was designed for a regular drip coffee maker. The whole beans on the other hand, can be brewed in any way. Remember, coffee made with boiling water will be a bit more bitter than coffee made with merely hot water.

Pricing

Mexican coffee is considered a special drink because it doesn’t come cheap. If your budget won’t allow you to go all the way to get your best flavor, consider purchasing or making cinnamon-sugar syrup to include in your medium roast coffee to reproduce the Mexican coffee flavor.

In conclusion, spiced, sweet, and chocolatey Mexican coffee is a good treat for an afternoon hang out with friends or something to help you begin your day.

FAQ

Which is the best Mexican coffee brand?

There are various good Mexican coffee brands on the market; I prefer the Volcanican brand because it adds hazelnut’s nuttiness to a blend of roasted beans that is already complex with unusual flavors.

Where are the best Mexican coffee beans grown?

The best Mexican coffee beans are grown in Chiapas (Southern part of the country), Oaxaca (located in the west of Chiapas), and Veracruz (located In the North of both Oaxaca and Chiapas). These regions are located in the South of Mexico because of the favorable climate of the area. The environment also has higher elevations and fertile soil.

What does Mexican coffee taste like?

A typical Mexican coffee cup has been likened to good light white wine with a crisp, delicate body and dry acidity. If you prefer lighter and bright cups of coffee over dark roast, then you should have a taste of the Mexican specialty.

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