Why does Guatemalan coffee taste so good?

Guatemalen coffee Jurg Widmer

Guatemala is known for many things but probably none more than coffee. So, if you’re a coffee lover, you may want to give this a read and discover more about this great nation and the coffee bean.

Guatemala has a rich history as coffee growers because of their climate and growing conditions. According to legend, the coffee plant was brought to the Central American land sometime in the middle 1700s as newly introduced ornamental flora.

Guatemala once had a thriving natural dye industry that declined in the middle 1800s. It was then that coffee production took off because the natural dye industry died due to the invention of synthetic dyes.

The coffee industry was created, coffee became the countries largest export and has since helped stabilise the economy in Guatemala.

The coffee trade became so big that in the 1960s, the Guatemalan coffee growers started their own union called Anacafé to help improve the standards for the growers, including picking and production. The union has enabled the producers to connect with a wider audience of buyers and provide greater resources for farmers.

The union has also allowed for a fairer trade system, so the farmers, workers and traders have been able to gain a fair price, even when the market prices are lower. This has helped improve many working in the coffee industry in Guatemala and has especially brought more opportunities to those living in rural areas.

Coffee has been a fuel for the economy and not just because of export because it’s also a reason why so many people choose to visit Guatemala on their trips across central and south America.

Guatemala is presently the eighth largest exporter of coffee worldwide. The majority of coffee produced in Guatemala is Arabica which is believed to be the first species of coffee plant cultivated, and its official name is the Coffea arabica plant.

Little known fact for coffee lovers – Finland is reportedly the country that consumes the most coffee globally. In fact, Scandinavian countries appear to drink the most coffee of everyone, which is surprising as many would probably think it would be the US, Canada, the UK or Australia.

There are an estimated 125,000 coffee producers in the country, and coffee export accounts for 40 percent of Guatemala’s agricultural revenue.

There are many large family-run coffee companies in Guatemala with a long history of coffee farming which has been passed down the generations, but most coffee growers are smallholders who work independently or as part of a cooperative.


Good Guatemalan Coffee

Central America produces some of the finest coffee in the world. Of these countries, Guatemalan coffee is often praised because it provides a great balance between sweetness and acidity, with complex flavour notes and full-bodied. This is the perfect choice for any coffee lover.

Guatemala also has excellent growing conditions for coffee beans because of the diverse climate. Because each region has its own microclimate, it produces different coffee variations, much like making wine in different terroirs and areas.

Some coffee plants are grown on the slopes of volcanoes and enjoy arid conditions, while others are grown in volcanic soil, which is rich with minerals and is ideal for growing agricultural crops like coffee.

These different regions produce different flavour notes because of this. Volcanic coffees tend to be fruitier, whereas volcanic soil coffees have notes of chocolate and nuts.

A good amount of the coffee grown here is apparently organic and pesticide-free, which can only add to the many reasons why Guatemalan coffee is so good.

These are the reasons that Guatemalan coffee is much loved across the world.

What makes Guatemala so special? Is it the fantastic food scene? The Mayan history? The coffee? Perhaps it’s just the whole place.