Cafe from the slopes of volcanoes
Main producing regions
Huehuetenango, Fraijanes, Antigua and San Marcos
Most cultivated varieties
Bourbon, Caturra, Catuaí, Pache and Typica
Regions with Designation of Origin
Acatenango and Antigua
October to March
Traditional processing method
Annual export -60 kg bags-
3.19 million bags approx.
All year round
600 and 2,000 masl
Beginning of coffee cultivation
ABOUT THE ORIGIN
Guatemala is located at the western end of Central America, bordered to the north by Mexico, to the west by Belize, to the east by Honduras and to the southwest by El Salvador, is the most populous country in Central America, It is home to 17.58 million inhabitants and covers an area of 108,889 km².
Green coffee is one of Guatemala’s most exported products, despite the fact that during the 2001 crisis, many coffee growers opted to look for alternatives to diversify their crops. coffee has managed to remain among the country’s most exported products. Coffee cultivation in Guatemala is 90% of the arabica species and 10% of the robusta species, coffee generates some 500,000 jobs in the country and more than 300,000 hectares are used for its cultivation.
The topography of Guatemala isaños, a chain of 34 volcanoes runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean, along this chain is the ‘Coffee Belt’, the location between two oceans and volcanic land forms the optimal environment for the growth of coffee plants.
The mineral-rich soils of theañosthat crisscross the country contribute to the high quality of Guatemala’s coffee. In Guatemala the most adequate and beneficial temperature for coffee production is 16 to 32ºC, in lands located at an altitude of 500 to 700 meters above sea level, the young plants should be shaded. In areas above 1,500 meters, plantations should be protected from cold north winds.