Culture

Guatemala is known for its rich colorful Mayan Culture and Spanish colonization. Over 50% of the population is Indigenous Mayans. The diversity in the Mayan culture can be seen and heard throughout Guatemala. Guatemala is famous for its colorful woven textiles that are worn by the indigenous people with each village or group having their unique weave patterns and languages. While Spanish is the official language of Guatemala, there are two dozen indigenous languages with five of the languages recognized as main languages. Visiting Guatemala today serves as a visual lesson in Mayan and Spanish Colonial history.

As diverse as the Guatemalan culture is the Guatemalan coffee with its micro climates and regions separated by the rugged mountains. There are eight distinct growing regions in Guatemala. Coffee is the number one export product and the United States consumes 45% of the Guatemalan coffee. With the country’s high altitudes, rich soil, and excellent cultivation and processing, Guatemalan coffees are known as the jewel of Central American coffees.

Our Guatemala Coffee is grown in the Sierra Madre, east of Lake Atitlan near the city of Putzun in the Chimaltenango department. It is here that fifth generation Dariush Echeverria Zachrisson and his family grow the Santa Rita coffee. The family has been growing coffee since 1876 for five generations on their farm of 940 acres. The family believes in ecological preservation utilizing only 240 of the acres for farming. The majority of the remaining land is left for natural preservation. The farm has been certified OCIA organic since 1996; it is also certified Rainforest Alliance and is a habitat for birds. The farm is one of the oldest farms with the family using generations of knowledge and tradition from cherry selection, fermentation and drying to produce one of the finest quality coffees of the area.

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$10

12 oz (340g)

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$31

Two 12 oz. (340g) bags per month (includes shipping)

Origin

Flavor Profile:The coffee starts with aromatic hints of spice and caramel with flavor notes of berries and citrus complemented by a full body and honeyed sweetness.
Origin:Patzun, Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Plant Varietal:Bourbon, Typica
Altitude:4,600 ft. to 5,900 ft.
Process:Fully washed and sun dried. In the fully washed process, the cherry’s skin and pulp are removed and the beans are left to ferment in concrete tanks to loosen up the muscilage and sweeten the coffee. Once fermented the coffee beans are washed and dried. The fully washed process results in a bright, clean tasting coffee.

Rainforest Alliance CertifiedThis coffee is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™. The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal means that the farmers follow more sustainable agricultural practices that protect forests, rivers, soils and wildlife, while being good community neighbors. Rainforest Alliance certification also ensures that workers have just wages and improved access to dignified living conditions, health care and education for their children. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org.

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Guatemala Wonderful

Guatemalan coffees, I have to admit, are some of my favorites, and this one is the best of the best. I like the light roast level best on this coffee-it brings out the fullness of the flavor and makes for a wonderful cup of coffee. If you want to get your morning off to a good start, begin with a cup of this Guatemalan Chimaltenango

Light Roast Post Morning Cup

I ordered the light roast version of this Central American offering from Amrita, I have had ordered the dark roast version several times and loved it. I love the smell of freshly roasted beans as I open a newly sealed bag, then I insure my grinder has no other beans and away they go into the grinder. I just love the smell of fresh grounded coffee beans I have just placed into my my french press. I pour my hot water into the french press stir and wait 5 minutes, then press. While I wait I get my milk going in my Capresso, love this device, makes perfect frothed milk no effort.To the my review of the coffee, all I can say is WOW, I was so surprised since I like darker roast coffee. This coffee was so flavor and yet still bold, the natural sweetness and spice flavors just popped as I and my wife drank our double sized cups of coffee. We will be reordering this Guatemalan light roast version again, since it is so delicious and we too are helping small sustainable coffee growers.

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