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Guatemala San Martin Jilotepeque SHB EP FT Washed

Origin Guatemala /

Altitude 1800-2100 masl /

Crop Year 2020 /

Varietal Bourbon Catuai Caturra /

Product Code 6919

About Guatemala San Martin Jilotepeque SHB EP FT Washed

This is a micro-regional selection from San Martín Jilotepeque, Quetzaltenango, selected on cup profile and processed at the Santa Bárbara mill in Acatenango.

Around 150 smallholder farmers from Acatenango, Coban, and San Martin are a part of the Asoproguate cooperative. The cooperative aims to give participating farmers access to the larger international coffee market. By gaining access, smaller farmers have the opportunity to grow their businesses.

The cooperative partners in Acatenango produce around 1000 bags of coffee per year. The two partners in Coban, Seacal and San Cristobal, produce 1,650 and 1,375 bags respectively. The cooperative aims to establish fair trade for Guatemalan coffee growers.

Asoproguate collects cherry from producers. After collection, they depulp and ferment them in their wet mills. Their partner, Dinamica dry mills and exports the beans.Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) specifies the altitude at which the coffee was grown. A coffee must be grown at 1,350 meters above sea level or higher to be considered SHB. The higher altitude and lower temperatures mean that the coffee fruit matures more slowly, creating a denser bean.

European Preparation (EP) means that the green coffee beans are sorted to remove defects and foreign material. 

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.