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Guatemala

Guatemala has been cultivating coffee for commercial sale since the late 1800s.

Today the country’s coffee is so highly sought after that Guatemalan coffee growers are among the most prosperous in the world. There are several famous coffee growing regions in Guatemala, but after cupping many different samples of coffee, we’ve chosen one we feel best represents the classic profile our customers look for in a Guatemalan coffee. It’s from a farm in Huehuetenango, one of Guatemala’s 22 departments, or states. The profile features citrus notes with very bright and round acidity, with a nice spicy note to it as well.

Describing acidity
What do we mean when we describe a coffee’s acidity as “round?” To understand, it helps to think of acidity as a curve. If you sample a coffee with sharp acidity, that curve would have a distinctive peak, or point. Our Guatemalan coffee, on the other hand, has a smooth, round curve, with no distinct peak. And remember that round acidity doesn’t necessarily mean low acidity. A coffee can have acidity that is high but smooth; its curve would be larger but still rounded, without a sharp peak. In other words … it’s not pointy. What about brightness? “Bright” acidity refers to the sensation of tanginess, similar to the way citrus fruits are tangy. In fact, bright acidity often accompanies fruitforward notes in a coffee.

About Huehuetenango
Huehuetenango’s coffee grows in the beautiful Guatemalan highlands. Its mountains, the Cuchumatanes, are the highest in Central America, with peaks approaching 12,000 feet. The Cuchumatanes are actually a collective name for three converging mountain ranges: the Chamá, Santa Cruz and Montañas Mayas. These mountains include various microclimates ranging from tropical rainforests at lower elevations, to evergreen forests at higher altitudes.
The Cuchumatanes are an ancestral home of the Maya people and contain many important archeological sites. There are at least 140 known sites from the post-classic (900 A.D.-1524) period alone, including Zaculeu, ancient city of the Mam Maya, which evidence suggests was actively inhabited for more than a thousand years.

In fact, the Mayan language may have originated in the Cuchumatanes. Today, many modern-day inhabitants of Huehuetenango still speak one of at least eight different forms of Mayan. Along with the language, other aspects of ancient Maya culture survive among the population today, including religious and cultural customs. It’s one of the things that make Huehuetenango such a special place.

But the history of Huehuetenango goes back even further than the Mayas — much, much further. Archeological findings have revealed artifacts of human existence in the region as long ago as 15,000 B.C., when hunter-gatherers roamed the land.

Today’s inhabitants of Huehuetenango are skilled in several industries and are especially known for making candles, weaving textiles of cotton and wool, producing glazed ceramics, crafting bags out of rope made from agave fibers, and creating metalwork. But of course, our favorite product of Huehuetenango is the exquisite coffee grown here. We think you’ll love it as much as we do.

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  • Guatemala Huehuetenango

    Guatemala Huehuetenango

    Guatemala Huehuetenango

    Caramelized sugar and milk chocolate aroma. Black cherry and orange with crisp acidity and a smooth, silky body, followed by a sweet chocolate finish. Very well balanced and smooth cup profile.

    $13.80
  • Guatemala Huehuetenango Fair Trade Organic

    Guatemala Huehuetenango Fair Trade Organic

    Guatemala Huehuetenango Fair Trade Organic

    Internationally respected cuppers have referred to this combination of rich, floral aroma and slightly sweet flavor as a coffee that is "symphonic in the cup."

    $13.44

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