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This Is What Mexican Coffees Are Like

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With more than 500,000 coffee producers and a top-10 rank among the world’s coffee-producing countries, Mexico has established their ability to grow high-quality coffees.

But did you know that their beverage culture goes beyond regular coffee consumption? Beverages such as horchata, atole, and tejate are said to be some of the most popular non-alcoholic drinks that Mexicans and tourists alike consume.

That’s not to say Mexicans don’t drink coffee at all! It’s just that their coffee-drinking habits may vary depending on the region.

Let’s explore how the country began coffee cultivation and what a typical Mexican coffee tastes like.

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Coffee Basics - Levels of Acidity Explained

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The term acidity has garnered such negative connotations that, except amongst a select group of people, it isn’t truly understood in relation to the role it plays in coffee.

Yes, depending on the coffee, you can experience acidity that is overpowering and does nothing for your fascination with the beverage. 

But if you are careful to choose good-quality coffees, you will definitely perceive acidity as something that balances with the rest of its flavour profile.

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Ethiopia’s Coffee History & Trends

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Ethiopia is where it all began. Legend has it that coffee was first discovered here many many centuries ago.

Did you know that the story about the goat herder only came to light in the 1600s but actually happened in the 9th century? 

It is the arabica coffee plant that is said to originate in this East African nation.

Apart from its history, what exactly made Ethiopian coffee flourish to this extent? Wouldn’t you love to know?

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The Basics of the Bean Belt

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The coffee bean belt is a term used to refer to the area where a majority of the coffee-producing countries in the world are located.

Much like the namesake, it is in the form of a belt running across the globe from one side to the other. The bean belt lies near the Equator, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

There are a couple of reasons why the coffee bean belt is a veritable concept; one that serious coffee enthusiasts must know about. 

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All About the Tasting Notes in Coffee

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Imagine being able to sip on your coffee and describe it as more than just “bitter” or “strong”.

There’s so much more to the experience of coffees that you may not necessarily realise unless you like to try out different ones and you’ve built somewhat of an expertise in identifying various aspects of it.

One such aspect is called tasting notes. They are nothing but subtle flavour sensations resulting from the origin of the coffee plant, the way it is grown, processed and roasted. 

What is intriguing about this element is that you can sometimes find the most unusual tasting notes and wonder how they came to be. Think about it, how can coffees possibly carry a hint of apricot or green pepper for that matter?

Some may consider these to be a result of artificial or additional flavouring added to coffee, but that’s not the case.

Keep reading to know all about what tasting notes are like and how roasters identify them.

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