Called the country of ‘eternal spring’ by some, Guatemala is a rarity among Latin American countries in that its indigenous population is in the majority. A land rich in biodiversity including the dense jungle area of the north and the lush mountains in the western highlands dominated by a string of volcanoes.
The coffees grown in Guatemala are without a doubt some of the best in the world with a high concentration of differing cup profiles throughout the country. Cultivation began with the Jesuits in 1750 but commercial production did not really get going until German settlers arrived around 1860. Today, many key exporters and growers remain strongly attached to their German ancestry. The harvest is from September to April with higher quality coffees coming through towards the end of this period.