GEOGRAPHY & CLIMATE:
Guatemala is situated to the East and South of Mexico, to the West of Belize and to the Northwest of Honduras and El Salvador. It is the largest (41,865 sq. miles) and the most populous (11.7 million) of the countries in Central America. It faces both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The climate varies with altitude. Daytime temperatures average 82 degrees F. in the tropical coastal regions and 68 degrees F. in the more temperate central highlands.
The first coffee trees were introduced by the Jesuit in 1750 but it
was not until 1860 when the Germans immigrated that they started to cultivate it. Partly
due to this, the Guatemala coffees have always been more popular in Europe that other
origins of Central America. The coffees are nowadays grown in different regions and
because of their individual geographical conditions, they produce their own unique
flavors. The most well known centers are Antigua, Atitlan, Coban and Huehuetenango.
ALTITUDE AT WHICH GROWN: 2,000 FT - 5,000 FT
PREPARATION METHOD: Washed
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 4,940,000 bags (99-00 crop)
SHIPMENT PERIOD: October - May
TYPES OF COFFEES OFFERED:
Guatemala SHB Huehuetenango Plus: Grown in the west highlands, this coffee is the best Guatemala has to offer. It is the most complete & balanced flavor, fine acidity and medium body.
last visit, it is becoming very difficult to buy quality coffees. Genuine
Antigua are becoming scarce as unscrupulous farmers dilute the name by bringing coffee
from other regions and calling them Genuine Antiguas. Others are trying to sell Antigua
Types. We have seen gradual decline in overall qualities from Guatemala
recently. There was a fairly decent crop in 97/98, however the next years crop could be
lower due to the severe draught which has caused the land to be so dry and cause huge
brush and forest fires along with the Mexican border.
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