Our Guatemalan beans come from ASOBAGRI cooperative, a great coop that has worked for years to achieve consistent, specialty-grade coffee favored by many leading micro-roasters. We have been directly trading with ASOBAGRI since 2001. Over the years, ASOBAGRI has instituted literacy courses, organic and sustainable farming trainings, reforestation, youth in agroforestry programs and many other initiatives made possible by Fair Trade and Direct premiums.
We have worked directly with farm communities in Guatemala for over two decades during times of danger and peace. Our innovative, award-winning programs include microcredit, women’s health and youth self-esteem.
A mountainous country speckled with a dozen different indigenous peoples trying hard to hold onto their cultures in a globalizing era, Guatemala produces amazing coffees. There are actually eight identifies microclimatic regions around Guatemala and each will produce a slightly different flavor profile. Notable regions include Huehuetenango (acidic and winey), Chimaltenango (sweet, acidic, citrusy), Lake Atitlan (full-bodied and citrusy), and Antigua (rich aroma, sweet taste). The dominant characteristics of Guatemalan coffees are their smoky, bold taste, pleasant acidity, and hidden sweetness.The volcanic slopes of Huehuetenango produce a small, dark green bean that delivers a smoky flavor, medium acidity with vanilla and chocolate undertones.