Guatemala Antigua Los Volcanes
Shade grown under the gravillea tree, handpicked off the coffee plant and roasted to perfection. This Guatemalan bean is strong and nutty and a best seller in our Central/South American range.
With a medium, dark brown colour, a floral note is present that brews a strong nutty taste and chocolatey flavour.
This is one of the strongest single origin coffees and provides a wonderful kick each morning!
Antigua is a small city in Guatemala which is home to around 45,669 people.
It is surrounded by volcanos and is known for it’s Spanish influenced architecture.
Its seasons are divided into wet and dry, and its average temperature is about 22°C. The country is estimated to get 4 inches of rainfall every month. These conditions are optimal for coffee growing.
Guatemala Antigua Coffee History
The coffee plant was brought to Guatemala in the 1750s, but it wasn’t even cultivated until the 1800s.
In 1868 the government made a real push for the production of coffee, encouraging workers to produce more. It then It became a very important crop to the country in the years 1871–1898.
The industry has grown and improved ever since and is now one of the country’s main exports.
Guatemala became Central America’s top producer of coffee for most of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, until Honduras took its place.
Guatemala Coffee Producing Regions
It is estimated that the country produces over 3 million bags of coffee every year. It produces coffee varieties such as Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Typica, Maragogype, Pache & Pacamara, and has several producing regions. These are:
- Antigua – The country’s most well known growing region. Rich volcanic soil, low humidity, sunshine and cool breezes is what makes these beans so brilliant.
- Acatenango Valley – Beans here are grown under shade on steep slopes. Frequent eruptions from the nearby volcano keeps the soil rich and full of nutrients for the beans.
- Atitlán – Mostly cultivated against the slopes of volcanoes. The cold wind gives these beans their unique characteristics.
- Cobán – This region gets plenty of rainfall which produces nice ripe coffee cherries. Flowering is staggered so production here is labour intensive.
- Fraijanes Plateau – High altitudes, heavy rainfall and varied humidity is what defines the characteristics of these beans.
- Huehuetenango – One of the three non-volcanic regions. Has the highest elevations and driest climate. It’s inability to get frost and extreme weather makes a fantastic speciality coffee.
- Nueva Oriente – Dominated by small, local producers. Because of this, beans from this region can be varied.
- San Marcos – This region receives the most rainfall, which means it also gets the earliest flowering.
Guatemala Coffee Flavour Profile
These beans are produced at an elevation of 1500m. Harvesting season is usually between December and April.
A rich body with flavours of chocolate, nut and a toffee-like sweetness. The acidity is bright and pleasant and balances out the flavours perfectly.
The genuine Antigua Los Volcanes encompasses the best beans grown in the region. The integrity of the coffee is further guarded by the foundation of the ‘Genuine Antigua Coffee Growers Association’. Therefore, only a true coffee from this region can be listed as ‘Antiguan’.