History of Mexican CoffeeWritten by Randy Wilson
Mexico has a long history of coffee production as well as its Latin neighbors south. Mexican coffee is grown mainly in South central to Southern regions of country. Coffee from Coatepec and Veracruz is much different from Oaxacan Plumas, which are in turn much different from southernmost region of Chiapas.
The later is a growing region that borders Guatemala, and you will find similarities between those coffees. In general you can expect a light-bodied coffee, mild but with delicate flavors, but there are exceptions of course. Mexico is one of largest producers of certified organic coffees, and because of close proximity, most Mexican coffee is exported to U.S.
Coffee was introduced into Mexico during nineteenth century from Jamaica. Mexican coffee is mainly Arabica varietal, which grows particularly well in Pacific coastal region of Soconusco, near Guatemalan border. In early 1990s, southern state of Chiapas was Mexico's most important coffee-growing area, producing some 45 percent of annual crop of 275,000 tons.
More than 2 million Mexicans grew coffee, most barely subsisting. Seventy-five percent of Mexican coffee growers worked plots of fewer than two hectares. These small cultivators produced about 30 percent of country's annual harvest; larger and more efficient farms produced rest.
Unique gifts Ė Send food gifts for something delicious and differentWritten by Nicole Martins
Whether itís Christmas holiday season or middle of summer, necessity of having to shop for a birthday or anniversary present is inevitable. While itís always a thrill to find just right gift for a friend or associate, sometimes issues such as lack of time or difficulty of trying to find a unique gift: how many ties can you buy your brother in law, make buying experience stressful and a hassle. Unique gourmet gifts: salmon, lobster, crab and steak
Thereís really no need to buy yet another tie because what your brother in law really wants is a unique food gift such as an assorted steak box featuring specialty cuts of premium beef. This is a gift that he can take outdoors and grill on a nice summer evening or enjoy dining indoors. If you have a seafood lover to please, you can send them anything from smoked salmon gift baskets to a crab bake, lobster bake, or lobster gram. The last two are really fun because your lobster gifts come with live lobster, a pot, lobster bib and other items for a delightful lobster dinner. Crab bakes are generally same idea only with live crab.