Guatemalan Coffee

The coffee world is growing at a rapid pace these days. Those who originally just enjoyed instant coffee at home, have now gone to the coffee shop and enjoyed a variety of coffees from the espresso machine. The good news is that many novice coffee connoisseurs enjoy higher levels of coffee. So many types of coffee, both robusta, and arabica, from various countries or regions, make enjoying coffee more interesting, one of which is "Guatemalan Coffee".

Guatemalan Coffees

Guatemala coffee is one of the high-quality coffees that can be found also in coffee shops. Guatemala is located in Central America, an area known for producing high-quality coffee which is often exported abroad.

It's no wonder that Guatemala is one of the highest coffee producers in the world. According to, Guatemala was ranked 10th in 2021. Guatemala's coffee production reached 225 metric tons.

Guatemalan Coffee Beans

Citing, coffee was brought to Guatemala in the mid-1700s as an ornamental plant. Coffee production only started in Guatemala in 1860 because previously the country's main production was natural dyes. However, in that year synthetic dyes began to emerge so the natural dye industry declined. The Guatemalan government also encourages its citizens to produce coffee to save the economy.

Guatemalan Coffee
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In 1960, coffee farmers in Guatemala formally established Anacafé (Asosiación Nacional del Café). The organization houses all matters related to Guatemalan coffee such as research, marketing, and support for the finances of new farmers as well as old coffee farmers. To date and still running, there are approximately 125,000 coffee producers in Guatemala.

Each coffee-producing region in Guatemala has different soil characteristics that also affect the production of coffee grown.

However, overall Guatemalan coffee is flavored like flowers and oranges. It tastes like chocolate, nuts, and sweet. While the level of sourness is sufficient and the taste is good. The body or viscosity of Guatemalan coffee tends to be full and heavy.

Guatemala Coffee Antigua

Most of the coffee production in Guatemala is arabica. Not just one, but there are some of the best coffee-producing regions in Guatemala.

The areas are Antigua, Huehuetenango, Atitlan, Coban, New Oriente, Fraijanes, and San Marcos. Coffee from Antigua, Huehuetenango, and Atitlan are the three most popular coffees included in the world.

Citing, Antigua is surrounded by three volcanoes namely Volcán de Agua, Volcán de Fuego, and Acatenango.

Antigua was originally the capital of Guatemala for nearly 300 years until 1773. However, there was a series of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and floods that destroyed the city. Until finally Antigua was abandoned and did not become the capital.

Antigua on the mountainside with a high volcanic content produces spicy and smoky flavored coffee. While the taste tends to be like chocolate and caramel. Like other Guatemalan coffees, Antigua coffee also has aromas such as citrus and flowers. The level of acid tends to be medium and tasty. Based on, if you drink Guatemalan Antigua coffee, it feels full or heavy and thick in the mouth. So it is suitable for black coffee lovers.

One of the legendary coffee plantations in Antigua is called Finca la Azotea which has been operating since 1883.

Hopefully, this little information about "Guatemalan Coffee" will be useful for you coffee lovers.

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