The Coffee Guide
What makes our coffee so special?
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 Gento Coffee Guide
Guatemalan Coffee Regions
Antigua is an internationally renowned tourist destination, but this region’s pleasant climate is also ideal for growing coffees. Resting in a valley between three volcanoes, Antiqua is rich in volcanic soils, low humidity, intense sunshine, and cool night nights. These conditions make Antigua coffee richly aromatic, extremely sweet, and well-balanced. Antigua is also one of two Guatemala regions with a denomination of origin.
Cobán, a region in the northern part of Guatemala, rests in a humid, subtropical forest. The weather is typically cloudy with a few hours of sunlight, high humidity, and year-long rain. In fact, the name Cobán comes from the Maya Kecki word “cob” meaning “the place of clouds.” Coffee from Cobán has a fragrant aroma, medium body, light acidity, and fruit-like flavors.
This area encompasses all of the lands surrounding Lake Atitlán. Coffee is primarily harvested on the west side of the region near three volcanic mountains, with high precipitation and soil that is rich in minerals and organic matter. Almost 95% of the coffee is cultivated by small producers. Atitlán coffees are full-bodied, aromatic with crisp acidity.
The Huehuetenango region crosses the Sierra de Los Cuchumatanes mountain range. Dry and hot winds from the Tehuantepec plain in Mexico protect the region from frost—allowing coffee to be planted at high altitudes of 5,000-6,000 feet. This elevation is responsible for the region’s unique microclimates. Huehuetenango coffee is high quality, full-bodied with pronounced acidity and pleasant wine notes.
This region is located north of Lake Amatitlán in the mountains surrounding the valley where Guatemala City is located. Coffee in Fraijanes is grown at high altitudes—volcanic pumice soil, plenty of rain, and an active volcano characterize the region. Ashes rich in minerals deposited from recent volcanic activity from El Volcán Pacaya and high concentrations of potassium in the soils give Fraijanes coffees a full-bodied mouthfeel. The region has a microclimate influence making it an ideal coffee-growing region and giving it a uniquely balanced flavor profile.
This is the warmest of Guatemala's coffee-growing regions and also has the highest rainfall. San Marcos has the most intense rainy season and the earliest harvest of any area. The area has a wide range of altitudes with volcanic soil and a microclimate influence from the Pacific Ocean. San Marco’s coffees have delicate floral notes present in the aroma and taste, pronounced acidity, and defined body.
Factors that attribute to our high quality coffees:
Altitude & Soils