Our Guatemalan coffee beans come from the region named Huehuetenango. Although it's a bit of a mouthful to say, this is one of the finest coffee producing regions of Guatemala. The beans benefit from high altitude growing conditions (above 1,350 metres) and are therefore classified as SHB or Strictly Hard Bean. This means that the coffee bean matures much more slowly and is harder and denser than beans grown at a lower altitude. This type of coffee is consider to be much more desirable, and therefore more expensive!
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 cross paths with cool air descending from the Cuchumatanes Mountains. This region is thus protected from frost, allowing the coffee bean 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 fruit flavors.