The Magic behind our Coffees
We sell one of the finest coffees in the world: Guatemalan coffee, straight from the plantation in the Antigua, Huehuetenango and Coban Coffee Regions. Every coffee has been properly harvested and roasted, to simply enjoy the freshness and quality.
Every blend we have as well it has been precisely put together to simply have a fiesta of flavors, excellent body, taste and aftertaste depending on the time of the day. Did you know your palate is not the same during the day? That is why we have so many different options for you to enjoy.
Freshness is the key, by the time you brew a cup of KGCoffees, probably that coffee came from the mountain no more than 4 months. The artistry of Guatemalan coffee truly comes from the human touch that goes into every step of the coffee process. The high quality of the coffee, married with the hands-on techniques of its people, make Guatemalan coffee truly the top of the coffee industry.
The Antigua Coffee Region
Guatemalan Coffee Grown at 5,100 to 6,800 feet in a beautiful mountain valley, Antigua coffee presents a cup that perfectly unites a rich aroma, pleasing acidity, and a full velvety body.
Antigua coffee receives its distinct flavor, fragrance and body from the rich volcanic soil, low humidity, lots of sun and cool nights. The valley is dominated by the magnificent volcanoes of Agua, Acatenango, and Fuego. Every once in a while, Fuego-- one of Guatemala's three active volcanoes-- adds a fresh dusting of mineral-rich ash to Antigua's soil. Volcanic pumice in the soil retains moisture, which helps offset Antigua's low rainfall, the lowest of Guatemala's eight coffee regions.
Like all of Guatemala's specialty coffee, Antigua Coffee is cultivated under shade. In Antigua, shade is especially dense to protect the coffee trees from the region's occasional frost during the chilly nights from December to February. The dense shade combined with the region's shallow water table produces a distinct micro-climate within the coffee fields.
Huehuetenango Coffee Region
Is the highland region in Guatemala. It is a mystic region way up in the Chuchumatanes mountains. Huehuetenango, at the foot of the Cuchumatanes, the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America, is one of the best regions in Guatemala for coffee production. Known by just a few international markets. We want the final consumer to taste this amazing coffee. In Huehuetenango, currents of hot air sweeping up from the isthmus of Tehuatepec cross paths with cool air descending from the Cuchumatanes Mountains, allowing the cultivation of coffee at altitudes up to 6200 feet, with the best product coming from the higher altitudes.
Coban Coffee Region
The City of Cobán was founded by the Spaniards in the X.V.I century, more precisely on August 4th, 1543. It is located in the Cahabón river basin. Along an irregular landscape combination of hills and plains. It has a comfortable temperate climate of around an average of 19 degrees Celsius.
Coban coffee region is full of rainforests and mountains, cedar and cherry notes are part of this coffee. Very smooth and perfect to simply rest and enjoy a rainy afternoon with the ones you love.
Guatemala: Simply the Best
Guatemala is a land of many & varied micro- climates, with ideal rainfall patterns, high mountain ranges and a great diversity of rich soils. All of these conditions combine to produce genuine differences in the cup.
There are eight coffee growing regions in Guatemala based on soil type, each producing a distinctly different coffee. The volcanic soil produces a coffee that has a pronounced acidity and a slightly flowery aroma while coffee that is grown in the rainforest has a delicate acidity and a fragrant aroma with a light wine note. The experienced coffee drinker can determine the region in which the coffee was grown based on its color, fragrance, and flavor!
The Human Value of Guatemalan Coffee
Coffee is a way of life for 70% of Guatemala's population-- 65% of which is below the poverty level! From day workers on the fincas, or plantations, to those who export coffee around the world, the livelihood of nearly eight million people depends on some aspect of the coffee industry. The state of the coffee industry became a growing concern in 1998 when international prices dropped considerably shortly after hurricane Mitch devastated many of Guatemala's coffee plantations. The Guatemalan economy began to suffer, showing its utter dependence on coffee exports.
Growing and harvesting coffee in Guatemala is a true art form. Every step of the process depends on the human touch. Whole families pick coffee beans. They dedicate their lives to the care of the plantation. When a bean reaches maturity, it turns red and looks much like a cranberry. Each one is handpicked within a narrow window of time according to color and uniformity. The coffee beans are actually seeds that are encased in the pulp of the berry. In order to recover the beans, the berries must be de-pulped and strained using a fermentation process. This process involves soaking the berries in large water tanks until they burst. The berries that float are of an unacceptable quality and are strained off. The berries that remain continue the process. Once they burst, the pulp is removed by a high-pressure wash and then the beans are sun-dried. This process takes several days and requires a lot of intense work by hand. Each step is carried out according to specific protocols and standards, and the greatest care is taken to produce the best product.
It is said that coffee absorbs the character of the place in which it is grown. The Mayan people behind Antigua plantations have perfected their production methods for over 130 years. They believe in honoring tradition while striving to achieve better quality. They also recognize that the artistry that has been passed down through the generations has assured their place in the gourmet coffee industry for generations to come.
Coffee is not just another product to cultivate, it's part of the Guatemalan soul, it's the livelihood of its families, and it is deeply ingrained in the culture. Coffee will forever be a part of the Guatemalan people, culture, and their lives and that is why we are so motivated to bring Guatemalan coffee to the rest of the world!