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Topic: Tom`s visit to San Miguel de Allende (18 lines)
1) From: robert Howell
The nearest coffee growing areas would be near either coast.  I have no experience on the east coast, only here in Nayarit on the West coast.  Probably some 6 hours drive from SM.
   
  Here we have several coffee growing areas.   El Guayabal, El Malinal, La Cumbre and Jalcocotan.   Harvest season is just wrapping up or finished in most areas.  The beneficios are still processing.   
   
  You will  have the opportunity to buy your coffee beans direct (in coffee growing areas).  About 25 pesos a kilo in 69 kilo bags at the beneficio  or about 40 pesos a kilo in lessor amounts from a retailer  - unless of course you can convince the Beneficio (processing plant) to open a bag or if they have one open.  You can legally take (Mexican law, but never enforced to my knowldege - theydo not check outgoing baggage) 50 kilos each without an export license.   No limit in the U.S. or Canada.
   
  Should you be in our area, we offer, in addition to our bed and breakfast,  jeep trips to coffee country.  It is a 7 hour trip and we visit a couple of farm towns, coffee settlements, lunch in a Mexican coffee growers casa, and a dlip in a hotspring.  During this trip we pass out donated clothing, food and medicine to the poor in these areas.
   
  This trip is only available during the dry season.  Rainy season starts the end of June and usually ends in October, although roads may not be cleared until mid December.
   
  Bob and Vicky
  e mail:  robertohowell
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