Coffee From Mexico

Gifts Of Blogging

Have I told you how much I love being a blogger?

I started blogging about 2009, and decided to do reviews after three years. I was buying the products, and reviewing them. Eventually, companies took notice of my blog reviews, and have since then been sending me their products. Who doesn’t love getting to try products for free?

Companies vary on how they take my reviews. Some of them get angry when they don’t get positive reviews from me, while others take it as constructive criticism. Some may send a private email asking me how I think their packaging should be presented if I criticized them on that area. Even before I started receiving “goodies”, I always made sure that I was impartial, that is what a reviewer should be right?

I am now on year 5 of being a blog reviewer, and I do not have any complaints! Even if I did have any complaints I probably wouldn’t quit what I am doing. Lol!). How could I, why would I?

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Today, my front door has been filled with different “surprises”. I have a facial wash in one package, a bagful of snacks (perfect! This can be my contribution for a housewarming party I will be attending later), a box of soap, and lastly, coffee? That’s a first!?

Out of all that I have received, I got intrigued about this bag of coffee that was placed in a very colorful box. I decided to check the note that came along with it. It did not say much except “Enjoy, and hope you can give us a good review ;-)”. I inspected the coffee pack, and found that it’s from Mexico.

Since I was just fixing my breakfast. I decided to open the coffee pack, grind about ¼ cup of the beans, and place it in my coffeemaker for it to start brewing.

While waiting, I decided to check the internet about Mexican coffee.

I skim read, and found out that Mexican coffee has a chocolate-y flavor if it was produced by Oaxaca, and a bit of fruity tones if it’s from Chiapas. Specialty-coffee-advisor.com describes Mexican coffee as a good base in creating flavored coffees. Its mild flavor doesn’t overpower the flavors infused in it.

About 20 minutes into my research, I spilled my precious coffee on my rug! Since I was online, I immediately looked up and called a local carpet cleaning service to come fix me up. The owner and I got into a fascinating conversation about coffee (at least I found it fascinating). I told him about my Mexican coffee. He knew quite a bit, and I sent him home with a bag of beans for him to try.

In my mind, Mexican coffee beans were only from Oaxaca, and Chiapas, turns out there is a third place where coffee is being produced, and that is in Veracruz. According to Wikipedia, Veracruz got introduced with coffee at the end of the 18th century, however in the 19th century, Chiapas took over the title as the coffee cultivation region in Mexico.

Mexico More Than Just Coffee

Aside from being known as one of the top coffee producers in the world, Mexico tops the list of must-see country for tourists. Touropia.com claims on their website that the country has something to offer every kind of traveler who wishes to discover Mexico in their own distinct way.

Do you like adventures? You can hit the beach in Acapulco, and try out their famous cliffs. Usually, they will have daredevils who perform different kinds of dives into the ocean. If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, the cliffs of Acapulco are waiting for you.

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Maybe you like knowing about a country’s culture, and traditions.? You can hang out at Palenque.

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This archaeological site is based in Chiapas, Mexico. This might be smaller than the other Mayan cities, but do not underestimate this place. They have some of the finest architecture, and art ever produced by Mayans.

I got so caught up with the different tourist sights Touropia.com has on their website that I almost forgot my coffee!

As I sip my coffee, I can taste the chocolate-y flavor present in my cup. This is just a preview of my review, I will be creating a separate blog post with a full review.

I am still curious as to who sent this delectable coffee to me. After searching my memory bank of who it could be, it came to me….

It’s was my mom! LOL!

I remember she called me up two weeks ago to tell me about the wonderful trip my dad’s secretary had arranged for their wedding anniversary. She had asked me what I wanted from Mexico. Of course I told her that coffee would be a perfect present.

Apparently even my mom wants a review from me, I guess that’s o.k., it’s what I’m good at.

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Brazil, Leading the World in Coffee Production

Do you have a travel bucket list?

I do. I think out of the 10 countries I have listed out, it is the country of Brazil that I find intriguing.

Intriguing in the sense that I am interested to know about their history, culture, and coffee!!

Okay, I have a confession to make. I am a coffee addict. Seriously!

I can have four to five cups of coffee in a day! Like a car, I feel like caffeine is my petrol to help me get through the day. Friends would tell me to slow down on coffee, and to cut my consumption from five to maybe two cups in a day because of all these articles on the internet about the bad effects of coffee. I try but it’s just too difficult! LOL!

However something happened last Tuesday, it is as if the coffee gods were on my side. My friend, Sarah, and I worked late that day. We decided to grab a late dinner in one of the restaurants near our office. While waiting for our food to arrive, we talked about coffee. I told her about my travel bucket list, and how I wanted to start travelling but do not have a travel buddy yet.

Turns out she also has a travel bucket list, and guess what her first country on the list is? Brazil! We both giggled like teenagers, and remembered that we were in public so we decided to tone it down a bit.

As soon as I got home, I decided to get on the computer, and check what we can see, and do in Brazil.

Well, the first information I looked for was about Brazil’s coffee.

According to the website “Before It’s News”, Brazil is one of top 10 countries that is famous for their coffee beans. They have been in production for the past 150 years, and are the largest exporter of coffee in the world.

Check out other leading countries in the coffee production.

National Coffee Association’s website mentions that Brazil grows Arabica, and Robusta beans. It also mentioned that a Brazilian cup of coffee is clear, sweet, and low-acid.

Reading all this information makes me feel like I am a coffee drinker newbie. I mean, I do not research, or read much about where my coffee beans are coming from. I just know that it perks me up in the morning, and maintains my momentum all throughout the day.

I might ask Sarah if we can put visiting a coffee farm, and coffee production facility on our list of things to visit when we are in Brazil.

Aside from coffee, the country is also famous for its beaches. According to Wikitravel, Rio de Janeiro is very popular for it. Ipanema, and Copacabana may sound familiar to you (could this be where Barry Manilow composed his song of the same title? Another question worth asking our tour guide when we get there). These two beach sites are where tourists frequent.

Travel Channel has mentioned that if you are the type of person who does not mind being lost in the crowd, Copacabana can be your beach place. Most of the time, it is full of people wherein they engage in different land activities like strolling on the beach, beach soccer, people watching, or if you are lucky, a dance party right on the beach!

If you are tired of all the fun (yes, it can happen), you can walk past Copacabana, and you will find Ipanema beach. This is a bit of an upscale beach neighborhood where there would be less people, and probably less noise too.

This trip is getting better and better!

Through my research on Brazil, it seems the best time to go there is between January to March so that you can witness Carnival, considered to be one of the biggest celebration party in the world. However the price of the airfare, and hotel accommodations usually shoot up during these months too.

I am so psyched to start this trip with Sarah that I am trying my best not to call her right now (time check: it’s already 1 am!), and tell her about all the research that I have done.

Coffee, and the beach are a perfect combination for me. However, this is not just my trip but Sarah’s as well so I might ask her to do a bit of reading on what she wants to visit, or do in Brazil as well.

Looks like my excitement is slowly wearing out, and am now feeling sleepy. Still a long day tomorrow. See you Brazil, in my dreams for now.

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