Guatemala is renowned for producing high-quality Arabica coffee beans, which are highly regarded in the specialty coffee industry.
I am Diana Hinds and my business partner is Joan Gilmore. Together, we own and manage the coffee plantation that my grandfather built in Guatemala. My grandfather started the plantation in 1919 at 17 years old.
The coffee plantation is named El Comun and is 930 acres.
Prior to 1982, my grandfather grew tobacco. After learning of the harms of tobacco, he was the first to switch to growing coffee in Guatemala. Today, this plantation has coffee beans grown in the finest regions of Guatemala. Our beans are grown in the following areas: Antigua, Acatenango, Coban, Huehuetenango, Nuevo Orient, Chichicaste, Nango, and San Marco.
- Growing Regions: Guatemala has several coffee-growing regions known for their unique flavor profiles. Some notable regions include Antigua, Huehuetenango, Atitlán, Cobán, and Fraijanes. Each region’s climate, altitude, and soil conditions contribute to the distinctive characteristics of the coffee.
- Altitude: The high altitudes at which coffee is cultivated in Guatemala, typically ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 meters (3,900 to 6,500 feet) above sea level, contribute to the development of the coffee’s flavors. The cooler temperatures and volcanic soil found at these elevations provide optimal conditions for growing specialty coffee.
- Flavor Profile: Guatemala Arabica coffee beans are known for their exceptional cup quality and well-balanced flavors. They often exhibit a medium to full body, moderate acidity, and a wide range of flavor notes. These can include chocolate, caramel, nuttiness, citrus, floral tones, and sometimes hints of spice.
- Processing Methods: Various processing methods are used for Guatemala coffee beans, including washed (wet-processed), natural (dry-processed), and honey (semi-washed) methods. The processing method can influence the flavor profile, with washed coffees often exhibiting brighter acidity and cleaner flavors, while natural processed coffees tend to be fruitier and more complex.
- Shade-Grown and Sustainable Practices: Many coffee farms in Guatemala practice shade cultivation, where coffee plants are grown under the canopy of shade trees. This traditional approach provides a more balanced ecosystem, helps to preserve biodiversity, and can contribute to the nuanced flavors of the coffee.
- Specialty Coffee Recognition: Guatemala’s Arabica coffee beans have gained recognition within the specialty coffee industry. They are often sought after by roasters and coffee enthusiasts who appreciate the country’s consistent quality and unique flavor profiles.
If you are interested in coffee from the plantation El Comun with an estimated 2023-2024 production of 6-7 million pounds.
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Coffee can be exported worldwide by either container lots for larger clients or by DHL in smaller lots either roasted or green beans.