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Coffee lovers will love an upcoming expo in Mérida. Photo: Getty

Mérida, Yucatán — The explosion of coffee culture in Mérida has not gone unnoticed by coffee growers around the country.

More than 30 coffee producers from eight Mexican states will gather in the first edition of the Coffee & Coffee Expo 2017.

The aim of the conference is to connect coffee suppliers to the owners of coffee shops, hotels and restaurants. The general public is also invited to attend.

CANACO President Juan José Abraham Daguer, stressed that this event reflects the growth of the city’s coffee market.

“In recent years coffee shops or businesses related to coffee products have increased considerably,” he said, adding that the sector continues to grow and generate jobs.

According to Euromonitor, coffee is a MX$27 billion business in Mexico, growing by 5 percent last year. Specialty coffee outlets increased from 1,263 in 2004 to 2,453 in 2015, and consumers are increasingly sophisticated in their tastes.

Except for the loss of the Gloria Jean franchise at Santa Lucia and historic Flor de Santiago, the original Imagine Mérida list of cappuccino spots (no longer online) in the Centro is still useful.

Coffee from Chiapas and Veracruz is the most likely to be exported around the world, but the expo will reveal 10 other states that also contribute to the coffee trade.

The expo will include talks and workshops about the topic, as well as tastings of various coffee products.

If you go

Coffee & Coffee Expo is March 14 and 15 at the Convention Hall of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (CANACO SERVYTUR). Although primarily a business-to-business expo, the event is free and open to the coffee-loving public.

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