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Guatamala

Guatemala boasts a variety of growing regions and conditions that produce spectacular
coffees. Today, the country is revered as a producer of some of the most flavorful and
nuanced cups worldwide. We are proud to work with several exceptional in-country
partners to bring these coffees to market.
The Guatemalan coffee industry experienced a major setback with the 2010 appearance
of Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) in Latin America. The epidemic peaked in severity in 2012, and
though CLR continues to affect some farms, Guatemala continues to produce high-quality,
record-breaking coffees. In 2017, new and varied processing methods pushed prices at
the Guatemalan Cup of Excellence contest to record highs.
The quality of coffee being produced in Guatemala is increasing, overall, due to the
diversity of the industry’s producers. There are more and more small holder farmers
producing exceptional coffee at high altitudes. Cooperatives are becoming more appealing
to so many smallholders because they often offer farmers financing and other support for
improving their farming and processing and are frequently able to offer higher prices for
cherry than middlemen. Many cooperatives have initiated quality improvement training for
farmer members and are becoming more adept at helping members market their coffee as
specialty.