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Previously posted in www.planningmexico.com

In the corner of Silviano Enriquez and José Ma. Arteaga in Toluca we found this little hidden gem.
A mamas and papas store with their own coffee roaster.

Photo: Dan Freed

Photo: Dan Freed


Every morning they roast the best of what Mexico has to offer, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz or why not try their own mix of the three.

Photo: Dan Freed

Photo: Dan Freed

If you come early you can see the roaster in action and partially choose your taste of roast. At my first visit the roast was going warm and the new roasted beans smelled delicious.
When I returned a few days later with my camera and shopping mood the coffee master was done with the days roast but I was very satisfied with buying a kilo of hour old Oaxaca.

Photo: Dan Freed

Photo: Dan Freed

FIMT, I tried to find out more of this brand with little luck. All I can say for sure is that the Italian company Scolari Engineering, known for there quality roasters, bought the smaller FIMT some 30 years ago.
This particular roaster has been in the familys possession for more than 65 years and they did not buy it new. Tons and tons of beans have got their beautiful color and aroma in this machine.

Photo: Dan Freed

Photo: Dan Freed

If you like you can visit the café next door. Owned by the son in the family they serve their own coffee, although I don’t recommend it.
This is a mystery to me; Mexico has some of the best coffee in the world, good quality and organic growth is more important than quantity, but somewhere in the process of making a liquid beverage something goes very wrong. I can only guess it is influenced by the Americans light roasted, powerless coffee.

Almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea ~Arthur Dent

I suggest you buy the beans and make the coffee fresh grounded after your own taste in the comfort of your own home, preferably with a good friend. After all coffee is meant to be shared.

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