Learn more about the coffee being roasted at Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters. Follow us each week as we feature one of our specialty, organic coffees.
This week we're spotlighting our Guatemala Huehuetenango roast. This is our fourth coffee in our SOLO series (Single Origin Limited Offering). This exceptional light-medium coffee comes from the Huehuetenango Province of southwestern Guatemala. It's a staff favorite, with bold flavors of an every-single-morning consistency paired with distinct notes of nuts and dark chocolate.
- Roast Level: Light-Medium
- Flavor Notes: Butter, Toast, Graham Cracker, Maple, Apple, Dark Chocolate
- Preferred Brew Method: Chemex, pour-over, french press
- Growing Altitude: 1,600 – 1,700 meters above sea level
- Arabica Variety: Bourbon, typical, caturra
- Harvest period: December - April
- Aroma: Floral, citrus
- Milling Process: Washed, sun-dried
- Acidity: Bright, pleasant
Coffee has become Guatemala’s #1 export contributing to the country’s growing economic status. Guatemala is the #9 largest coffee growing country in the world! In 2015 alone, they produced 451,424,252 lbs. and exported 399, 944,160 lbs (espressocoffeeguide.com). That’s over 89% being exported! Coffee out of Guatemala accounts for 2.3% of coffee grown worldwide.
Our coffee from Guatemala comes from the Huehuetenango Province of Southwestern Guatemala. Located at the foot of the Cuchumatanes, Huehuetenango is the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America. Making it one of the best regions in Guatemala for coffee production because it is the highest and driest under cultivation. This region is especially unique because of it’s extreme remoteness and protection from frost. Because of it’s location, the Huehuetenango region requires that nearly all producers process their own coffee.
This coffee is grown in the highland regions of northern Guatemala, producing perhaps the most distinguished Guatemalan coffee as it is often considered the best in the country overall. Grown on mountainsides on “fincas” or farms a 1,200 to 1,700 meters above sea level. Due to the high quality nature of the coffees, many have undergone organic and fair trade certification.