Guatemala Lote Especial - Jaime Lopez Honey Process

Blackberry, strawberry, Concord grape, dark chocolate
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P610890-1
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About This Coffee

The Jalapa, Jutiapa, and Santa Rosa departments in the east of Guatemala are collectively known as the Ayarza region. Although the hills and soil are ideal for growing coffee, in this area other crops like maize and other vegetables are also grown. Jose Lopez's farm, El Cerro, sits just a short distance away from Covoya's mill in the Santa Rosa area. Jose and his family have strengthed their commitment to producing quality coffee with the availability of this mill nearby, as their land already provides superb conditions for coffee. They mainly grow trees ofthe Catuai, San Ramon, and Catimor varietys on about 3 hectares at an elevation of 1640 masl.

Country of Origin Guatemala
Region Santa Rosa
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name El Cerro
Wet Mill Ayarza Mill
Processing Honey Processed
Growing Altitude 1650m
Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Catimor, Catuai, San Ramon

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.

  • Region Santa Rosa
  • Farm Name El Cerro
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Wet Mill Ayarza Mill
  • Processing Honey Processed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Catimor, Catuai, San Ramon
  • Min Growing Altitude 1650m
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB
  • CTRM Contract Number P610890-1
  • Country of Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse The Annex