Coffees of Guatemala
Coffee has been grown in Guatemala since the 18th century. It is grown throughout the mountain ranges, the best known growing regions being Antigua, Coban, Huehuetenango, Atitlan, Fraijanes, New Oriente, and San Marcos. There is great diversity of soils and microclimates, even within a single growing region.
Arabica varieties include substantial areas of the heirloom Bourbon and of Caturra. The coffees are always washed. The finest coffees are SHB, strictly hard bean, which grow at altitudes over 4,000 feet. The best grades are carefully sorted by distinct sizes for even roasting, with defects and low-density beans eliminated.