Guatemala produces many different types of the world’s finest and most distinctive coffees. The country has many unique coffee producing regions that have gained a positive and well-known reputation within the coffee industry.
Of the three non-volcanic regions of Guatemala, Huehuetenango is the highest and driest under cultivation. Huehuetenango is at the foot of the Cuchumatanes, the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America. There are currents of hot air that sweep up from Mexico’s Tehuantepec plain that crosses paths with cool air descending from the Cuchumatanes Mountains. This region is thus protected from frost, allowing the coffee to be cultivated up to 2,000 meters. Huehuetenango’s extreme remoteness requires that nearly all producers process their own coffee. Fortunately, the region has an almost unlimited number of rivers and streams, so a mill can be located just about anywhere. This region has ideal geographic conditions for the cultivation of great quality coffee. Coffees from Huehuetenango are exceptional coffees with distinct acidity and fruited flavors.