Guatemala Antigua Natural - Finca Las Nubes Pacamara

Sweet, strawberry jam, pomegranate, raspberry, caramel finish
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Bag Weight 46 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P609653-1
  • 29 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Antigua is the most infamous coffee-growing region of Guatemala, nestled among the volcanoes. Just an hour drive southwest of Guatemala City, this region is not only known for producing amazing coffee, but also for being one of the most beautiful scenic regions of South America.  Covoya has relationships with several producers throughout Guatemala. Named for the clouds, Finca Las Nubes is located on the slopes of the Acatenango volcano facing the city of Antigua. It was formed in the early 1970’s and has been producing coffee ever since. Finca Las Nubes produces mostly Bourbon and Caturra varietals, and sends its coffee along to Finca Capetillo for post-harvest processing. Las Nubes has won the Best Coffee within the APCA six times, and has participated in the Cup of Excellence auction six times as well. 

Country of Origin Guatemala
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB ANT
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Variety Pacamara
Region Antigua
Farm Name Finca Las Nubes
Growing Altitude 1500-1900m

History of Coffee in Guatemala

Although coffee was brought over from the Caribbean in the mid-18th century by Jesuit priests, it was used primarily as an ornamental plant and garden crop for 100 years in Guatemala. Coffee wasn’t widely traded, however, until commercial production began in the 1850s. The volcanic soil and various micro-climates proved ideal for growing coffee in Guatemala. Coffee, within a generation, became the country’s most important crop. In 1860, Guatemala exported 140,000 pounds of coffee, and just 25 years later, the country was exporting over 40 million pounds. Large numbers of coffee farmers were German immigrants responsible for many inventions and innovations related to coffee milling. Most of Guatemala’s coffee was exported to Germany until the First World War, when exports shifted to the United States.

Growing Coffee in Guatemala

Coffee farming practices are similar to other countries in the region, but Guatemala has an abundance of water, volcanic soil, and very distinct micro-climates compared to its neighbors. Although late to coffee, Guatemala recognized and responded to the needs of the emerging specialty coffee sector earlier than most coffee-producing regions. Anacafé, the coffee producers association in Guatemala, identifies seven growing regions: Fraijanes, the plateau south of Guatemala City; Coban, a rainforest region in the center of the country; Huehuetenango, highlands near the border with Mexico; Atitlan, primarily the volcanic mountains on the Pacific side of Lake Atitlan; San Marcos, between Huehuetenango and the Pacific Ocean; Oriente, the driest of the growing regions located near the eastern border with Honduras; and the most famous of all, Antigua, nestled among the volcanoes an hour’s drive southwest of Guatemala City.

  • Status Spot
  • Region Antigua
  • Farm Name Finca Las Nubes
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Pacamara
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB ANT
  • Growing Altitude 1500-1900m
  • Country of Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse The Annex
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  • CTRM Contract Number P609653-1