Guatemalan Coffee History
The Guatemalan coffee industry developed around the 1850s. Small plantations in Amatitlán and Antigua were the first and grew quickly, but lack of widespread knowledge, technology, and labor caused slow growth. Over a decade, growth increased and between 1879 and 1893 exports reached almost 300 million pounds.
In 1960, Asociación Nacional del Café, or Anacafé, was established as a national coffee association that aimed to represent Guatemalan coffee producers. It helped organize the nation’s export statistics as well as building a national brand. Today, eight regions are defined: Acatenango Valley, Antigua Coffee, Traditional Atitlan, Rainforest Coban, Fraijanes Plateau, Highland Huehue, New Oriente, and Volcanic San Marcos.
Antigua Guatemala Bella Carmona
The Antigua Bella Carmona comes from one of Guatemala’s most beautiful and captivating valleys, Antigua. This region’s rich volcanic soil and cool weather provide the perfect conditions to produce one of the world’s best coffees. Bella Carmona is a blend of peak of the harvest cherries that come from the some of the best farms in Antigua to then be processed at Beneficio Bella Vista, owned by the Zelaya family. The Zelaya family has been producing coffee for decades, and their experience really shows in every cup. This mill uses traditional washing and sun-drying processes. Bella Carmona has strong chocolate notes, a bright and fine acidity with orange and lemon notes. It offers an exquisite roundness and pleasant mouth-feel, which can satisfy the most demanding palates.