Visit Us In Mexico !!

We welcome all interested parties to visit Mexico with us. We have long supported individual visits and formal tours. Our Mexican origin tours are hosted by Cafés Sustentables de Mexico, our Mexican Associate in Tepic, Nayarit. For more information, contact Devorah Zeitlin at 425.825.9106 or

Cafés Sustentables de México, S.A. de C.V., our associate in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, is excited to announce the preliminary itinerary for its 2014 Eco-Tour. Join San Cristobal Coffee Importers founders, James Kosalos and Devorah Zeitlin, for an educational coffee adventure in neo-tropical Mexico. This visit to the lands of Grupo Terruño Nayarita is an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the issues of sustainability and the environmental impacts of shade coffee production and certification. You will see firsthand how Grupo Terruño Nayarita use the FincaLab® coffee quality management system to provide transparent accountability for its member societies (coops) while simultaneously assuring its customers a consistent quality coffee.

            View Itinerary for 2014 Eco-Tour (PDF file)
            View Tour location map for 2014 (PDF file)
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The six day, five night tour begins in sunny Puerto Vallarta with an orientation and welcome dinner. The next morning will be free for us to enjoy the beach and sights of Puerto Vallarta. We’ll leave Vallarta in the afternoon stopping to enjoy a seaside lunch on the way north up the Mexican coast to San Blas, a unique colonial port city full of historic ruins from the 18th century. There we’ll take a late afternoon boat tour through a bird sanctuary in a nearby mangrove forest. The following day will begin in San Blas with mid-day travel to coffee plantations near El Cuarenteño to pick coffee fruit and have lunch with coffee growers. We’ll also visit several diverse wet mills in the area to show how the various societies (coops) process their fruit to assure quality. In the late afternoon we’ll retire to Rancho La Noria for a relaxing evening punctuated with stories and home cooking.

The following morning we’ll depart Rancho La Noria for a cupping session at the offices of Cafes Sustentables de Mexico, Grupo Terruño Nayarita’s quality control agent in Tepic, Nayarit. There we’ll have an opportunity to see how the group’s coffee production is managed, blended and processed for export with barcodes and serial numbers on every bag. In the afternoon we’ll head for Cofradia de Chocolon for lunch with the members of CALDIO and a visit to their processing faculties and cafetales (coffee plantations). We’ll return to Tepic in the evening for a light supper.

The final day of tour activities will include a free morning in Tepic to enjoy its culture, museums and it’s exceptional market. We’ll depart mid-day for a dry mill tour and late lunch near Compostela and we’ll end up in Puerto Vallarta for supper.

Final departure is the following afternoon. Itinerary details are subject to change without notice.

The price for this unique tour is $1,200 per person, double occupancy, in a standard hotel. The price includes five nights' hotel, all ground transportation and tours and meals. Single supplement is $100. Please ask for more information regarding flight arrangements and let us know if you are interested in some extra nights lodging in Puerto Vallarta either before or after the formal tour.

Private, customized tours are available for parties of eight or more. This is the perfect opportunity to educate and team-build with current or potential customers and staff. The best tour dates are generally between mid January and mid April, though private tours on different dates may be arranged.

For more information, please contact:
Devorah Zeitlin of San Cristobal Coffee Importers at 425.825.9106 or