For over a century, Guatemala has been perfecting the art and science of producing coffee. At Gento we source some of the best coffees from Guatemala, 100% Arabica, and freshly roast them to perfection.
The varied geographic conditions, defined rainy seasons, and influences from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, are responsible for Guatemala’s varied microclimates. These contribute to the distinct cup profiles of each coffee region. The diverse microclimates influence the development of the coffee cherries and contribute desirable nuances in each coffee.
98% of Guatemalan coffees are shade-grown, coffee forests make up over six percent of the national forest cover. Beyond the importance of shade to preserve land, biodiversity, and natural ecosystems, shade is important to protect the coffee trees. In addition, shade grown coffee allows the cherries to mature slower, allowing more sugars and better flavors to concentrate in each cherry.
The altitude in which the coffee is grown in an essential factor to categorize coffee quality. The higher the altitude, the more pronounced the aroma, the sweetness, and the acidity. Additionally, the best coffees are cultivated in soils rich in minerals from volcanic or from limestone deposits. With 34 volcanoes, Guatemalan coffee farmers are blessed with high altitudes and great soils; these soils are rich in organic matter, ideal for producing excellent coffees.
Like with any wine or fruit you eat, the variety plays a key role in the attributes you will taste. At Gento we source some of the best and most exotic varieties that meet our quality expectations. Some of our favorite are Bourbon, Pacamara, Caturra, Catuai, and of course the deliciously famous Gesha.
All of Guatemala’s coffee is hand picked, picking only the ripest cherries is an important factor for quality and sweetness. Whether fully-washed, honeyed, or natural, the meticulous processing methods farmers apply attribute to guaranteeing great flavors in your cup. Most coffees in Guatemala are fully washed, making coffees clean and bright. Honeyed and Natural coffee add distinct floral and fruity characteristics that we also love.
All coffees are roasted to-order at our roasting facilities to guarantee freshness. We work meticulously to perfectly roast each batch, bringing out all the delicious flavors and aromas that are locked inside the beans. We understand that the beans from each region have different qualities, we roast each one in small batches to bring out their unique flavor characteristics and reach an ideal balance between sweetness, body, and acidity.