Mexico continues to be a producer of high-quality, specialty coffees; despite industry hurdles. Cup of Excellence competitions and new producer associations demonstrate the success of growing and exporting specialty coffee from this country. The majority of coffee grown in Mexico comes from smallholders in the mountainous states of Chiapas, Veracruz and Oaxaca, which enjoy fertile soil and plentiful rainfall. The different coffee-growing regions and micro-climates give Mexican coffee a wide range of flavors and quality. Chocolaty sweetness, warm, roasted nuts and toffee - flavors that remind us eating candy bars - are the hallmarks of Mexican coffee.