Coffee from Guatemala has a reputation for being among the finest in the world. A true choice among connoisseurs, Guatemalan coffee beans are usually washed (wet processed) and have a deeply rich, full-bodied flavour profile. Beans that are grown in the regions of Antigua and Atitlan in particular are known for bringing the true taste of Guatemalan coffee out in full force, along with a delightful floral acidity that often has an undertone of spice or chocolate.

In regions of the country exposed to either the Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean, the flavour profile takes on a much fruitier and more acidic quality.

Guatemala Coffee Grading

There’s a very specific coffee grading system used in Guatemala to assess and communicate the quality of the coffees produced. While coffee beans grown between 4,000 feet and 5,000 feet above sea level are graded as Hard Bean or HB, those grown at elevations higher than 4,500 feet above sea level qualify for Strictly Hard Bean on SHB status. As is the case across more of the coffee production industry, it is generally accepted that the higher the region in which the beans are grown, the denser (or harder) they will be and the higher the quality of the coffee.

Guatemala Antigua Coffee

Of all Guatemalan coffees sold and enjoyed the world over, Guatemala Antigua has a particularly strong reputation for quality. The flavour profile is one or true complexity, with a distinctive touch of cocoa that’s simply irresistible. Coffees from this region are almost always much heavier and fuller-bodied than most coffees from Central America, with a wonderfully spicy undertone and a velvety-smooth finish. Positioned in a valley with a trio or volcanoes on all sides, the Antigua coffee growing region is blessed with ideal conditions and the perfect climate for cultivating truly outstanding coffee beans.

Guatemala Coban Coffee

If you come across the opportunity to purchase or experience Guatemala Coban coffee, it’s an opportunity not to pass up. Also incredible in quality and revered the world over, Coban coffee has a medium to full-bodied character, with a richly spiced flavour and a floral, slightly fruity acidity. It is also a coffee well known for its energising aroma, which often features light notes of delicate wine. Suffice to say, it is a coffee to be savoured and enjoyed by those with more discerning palates.

Guatemala Huehuetenango Coffee

An area of the country that’s known for producing some of the most distinguished coffees in the world, Guatemala Huehuetenango Coffee is considerably milder and subtler than the coffees listed above. But at the same time, it is just as interesting, complex and enjoyable. There’s a delicate, distinctly fruity note to the coffee produced in this region, with a sweet and somewhat buttery aroma with delightful floral notes. It has a clean, fresh and not at all bitter finish which lingers on the palate – an enjoyable experience that lasts.