The coffee sector is the biggest employer in Guatemala and 2014 saw exports of about $630 million; although in 2015 a fungus known as Roya has devastated plantations.
The Guatemala coffee industry produces eight regional coffee beans of complex character from across a variety of landscapes from rainforest to volcanic mountains. In fact, Guatemala has three active volcanoes (Fuego, Pacaya and Santa Maria) that deposit ash, laden with minerals, over four of the plantations.
With an over-riding full-bodied, smooth and sweet flavour you can also pick out a slight pleasant acidity in all Guatemala coffee beans, but the experts among you will also notice individual nuances between the plantations. Me? My taste buds aren’t that honed!
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