Huehuetenango is the highest and driest of Guatemala's non-volcanic regions. This renowned region owes much to the dry, hot winds that come in from the mountains of Mexico's Tehuantepec plain. The additional heat layers protect Huehuetenango from frost and enable coffee to grow at altitudes of 2,000 masl.
Due to the high altitude, nearly all of Huehuetenango's producers process their own coffee. Fortunately, the region has rivers and streams in abundance, so mills can be placed almost anywhere.
The Huehuetenango growing region is known for producing a sweet, balanced cup, and this organic-certified coffee is comprised of five highly regarded varieties of Arabica — Caturra, Bourbon, Catuai, Typica, Pacamara — netting a nuanced, deep-toned cup with notes of date, almond, baking chocolate, and lemon verbena. It has a full, velvety mouthfeel, gentle, round acidity, and a resonant, almondy finish.
Guatemalan producers are constantly looking for better growing conditions: richer soil; advantageous micro-climates; and ideal shade conditions. Farmers are investing in moving to higher grounds to increase their options for growing specialty coffees. Producers are dedicating lands at higher altitudes to planting traditional varietals that produce differentiated cup qualities.