Coffee was introduced to Mexico during the 18th century from Cuba. Now, they are the fifth largest producer in the world with an output of around 4 million bags per year. They are also the largest producer of organic coffee, exporting 60 percent of the world’s total volume in 2000.
Mexico’s current model of smallholder coffee farming began after the Mexican revolution in 1920, when wealthy European plantations were broken up and land was returned to indigenous peoples. Today, much of the country’s coffee comes from small farming cooperatives.
At 1.2 kilograms per capita, Mexico has the lowest annual coffee consumption in all of Latin America. Most of the country’s yearly 4 million bag commercial and specialty grade coffee production is exported to North America. Westrock purchases large amounts of Fair Trade coffee from Mexico to support farmers and sustain their work when market prices are low.