Coffee was introduced to Guatemala in 1750 by Jesuit priests and the industry was further developed by German settlers in the 19th century and brought prosperity to the country at that time. Today coffee remains an important part of the country’s economy and accounts for almost half of the earnings produced by agriculture. It is virtually all shade-grown and key varietals include Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Vatuai, Pache and Pacamara.
Our importer selected a coffee from New Oriente, a region that has had great success in the Cup of Excellence. They chose a coffee from Finca El Cascajal which is situated close to the town of Esquipulas in the department of Chiquimula. The farm has been owned and managed by Amadeo Francisco Palencia Rivas since 1992 and is both Rainforest Alliance and Utz Certified.
The farm stands at an altitude of 1,600 to 1,800 metres above sea level and the chief varietal is Catuai. The coffee is fully washed and sun dried on the farm.