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Guatemala Huehuetenango Sierra Madre SHB Washed

Origin Guatemala /

Altitude 1700 masl /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Catuai & Bourbon Caturra /

Product Code 6650

About Guatemala Huehuetenango Sierra Madre SHB Washed

This is a beautiful washed coffee from the Union Cantinil municipality located in the Huehuetenango department of Guatemala. There are a number of small producers, with farms averaging 1.5 hectares in size, that contribute to this lot. Huehuetenango Highlands cross the Cardillera de Los Cuchamatanes with regions higher than 3600 meters. The region is located very close to the border of Mexico. Average rainfall is around 1,800 mm with a relative humidity of 70-80%.

This is one of the highest coffee region under cultivation in Guatemala, as well as the driest. It is also by far the most rugged area in Guatemala, with coffee cultivated in broken and very steep terrain. Thanks to the dry, hot winds that blow into the mountains from the Tehuantepec plain in Mexico, the region is protected from frost, allowing coffee to be cultivated up to 2000 meters. The average temperature is 23 C, the subtropical and humid climate contributes to the coffee beans’ beautiful appearance and uniform maturation. In Huehuetanango the flowering is homogeneous and harvesting usually takes place form January to April.

Huehuetenango’s extreme remoteness requires that virtually every producer, large of small, individual or farm, process their own coffee. Fortunately the region has an almost infinite number of rivers and streams, so a mill can be located virtually anywhere. A Fully Washed processing method is when ripe cherry is picked, immature green cherry is either hand sorted or mechanically removed and over-ripe cherry is separated in flotation tanks. Only prime red cherry is sent to pulpers. Pulped parchment is then fermented for 24-72 hours in either a dry or wet fermentation process. Afterwards the the clean, washed parchment is sent for drying.

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About Guatemala

Guatemalan coffee is revered as one of the most flavorful and nuanced cups in the world and with so many growing regions the coffees vary throughout the country both in their cup quality & potential. Most of the coffee in Guatemala these days is grown with the right altitude, soil and climate conditions and most are grown with good quality production and processing systems, resulting in some very good to truly exceptional coffees.

Coffee cultivation in Guatemala was introduced by German immigrants in the 19th century, and coffee has since become a major industry with nearly one quarter of the population involved in coffee production. Guatemala’s high-grown beans (above 4500 feet) are among the world’s best coffee, especially those beans grown on southern volcanic slopes. This country produces 3.5 million bags per year. Coveted blends are the Atitlan and the Huehuetenango.

What makes Guatemalan coffees so unique is its high altitudes, diverse microclimates, consistent rainfall patterns, and excellent cultivation and processing, hence producing a variety of distinctive types of Guatemalan arabica coffees.

with eight specialty coffees with unique characteristics. these eight regions are; Acatenango Valley, Antigua Coffee, Traditional Atitlán, Rainforest Cobán, Fraijanes Plateau, Highland Huehue, New Oriente and Volcanic San Marcos.