Smell of Roasting Coffee Beans

Montreal, QC/Xalapa, Mexico

I spent two months in Xalapa, Mexico, a mountain town in Veracruz state that doesn’t get a lot of tourists. There was constantly a smell in the air that, even though I had smelt it before on occasion, up until this point it had never been a constant smell so I never gave it much thought. Finally I realised that it was the smell of roasting coffee beans and it was always in the air because we were in the mountains of Mexico where coffee was grown and produced. To this day -even though this trip was over 10 years ago -any time I go past a coffee shop that is roasting coffee beans, the moment that smell hits my nose, I’m instantly transported back to Xalapa.