Guatemala SHB Finca San Martin

Guatemala SHB Finca San Martin

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About Guatemala SHB Finca San Martin

Most recent arrival is February 2013. San Martin Jilotepeque is about 50 miles from Guatemala City with an altitude ranging from 5,500 to 6,000 feet. The total production of this farm is produced from Bourbon, Typica and Pache varietals. It is all shade grown with coverage provided by Gravilea and Inga trees.

Processing is fully washed which includeds depulping, fermentation, washing, sun and/or mechanical drying. Production here is roughly 5000 bags, each 69kg, per year. San Martin is nice, clean coffee with which we have been very satisfied. While being a good, solid coffee in its own right, it is also provides a bright base for blends requiring a lively profile, and, it is equally well suited to dark roasting.

Cup Characteristics: Typically bright, zesty acidity but also offers a very smoothly textured bittersweet chocolate mouthfeel.

Roasting Notes: Strictly Hard Bean (SHB), high grown coffees are durable and can be roasted to light or dark. Lighter roasts will be characterized by pronounce acidity and delicate wine notes. The acidity is sufficient to withstand darker roasting, meaning the coffee, when dark, will not be flat tasting and will remain vibrant as a stand-alone or blend component.

Guatemala coffee facts:

Population (2006): 12.3 Million People
Coffee Production: 3.93 Million bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 150 pounds
Domestic Consumption: 1.7 Million bags per year
Coffee Export: 3.8 Million Bags
Cultivated Area: 250,000 Hectares

September to April

Arabica Introduced: Coffee introduced by the Jesuits in the late 18th century and the coffee industry later developed by German immigrants in the mid 19th century.

Approximately 65,000

Specialty Coffee Regions:
Antigua, Coban, Atitlan, Huehuetenango, Fraijanes, San Marcos

Botanical Varietals: Arabigo, Bourbon, Typica, Catura, Catuai, Catimur, Maragogype, RobustaArabigo, Bourbon, Typica, Catura, Catuai, Catimur, Maragogype, Robusta


This relatively small country produces some of the world's top coffees and offers a variety of coffee experiences. Each region has distinct taste profiles, each of which is enhanced, as always, by the care and attention brought by the farm in growing methodology.

There are more than 60,000 small coffee farms in Guatemala with over 30% of the population engaged in the coffee industry.