The Coffee Buyer’s Guide to Guatemala

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Growing Regions

CBG 1.04 Cobán

The cool temperatures and near-constant rain delay the processes of flowering and ripening, and the prolonged harvest season means that cherries must be handpicked in several passes over a long period of time. Conventional drying is all but impossible, and most coffee is dried in mechanical dryers. Furthermore, the remote location and wet conditions mean that transport is difficult and expensive. Nonetheless, Cobán produces some excellent coffees, growing Maragogype alongside the more typical varieties.