Coatepec, Veracruz is a beautiful, picturesque town 8 km away from the city of Xalapa de Enríquez, Veracruz (Capital of the State), on a fertile valley at the foot of Cofre de Perote mountain. Its streets still preserve the Colonial style, and its natural views are impressive, the reason why it was listed as a “Magical Town” in 2006.
As if that were not enough, climatic conditions favor the growing of the so-called “High Altitude Coffee”, and thanks to this it is known as the coffee capital of México.” Not everybody knows the reason for this denomination, but do not worry, we will tell you why.
In the world of coffee there exist four classifications, and these are related to the circumstances in which it is grown; to be exact, at what altitude above sea level it is produced.
1st Strictly Altitude: The highest classification. This denomination belongs to the beans grown in the high lands.
2nd High Altitude: A coffee of excellent quality grown at 900 to 1,200 meters above sea level
3rd Prima Washed: The quality is not so good anymore, and it is grown at altitudes between 600 and 900 meters above sea level.
4th Robust: It is the last of the classifications and is grown at 0 to 600 meters above sea level.
Coatepec is located at 1,250 meters above sea level. Now we know why it is called “The coffee capital of México.”