Guatemalan coffee is among the best-known in the world, and huge chains such as McDonald’s use beans from the Central American nation. However, if you want to buy coffee from smaller brands, here are some of the top ones to look for.
Based out of a “finca” in the Huehuetenango region, El Injerto produces eight different varieties of coffee. The company runs a barista school in Guatemala City on the same site as a coffee shop, and you can even order online for delivery in Guatemala or the United States.
Based out of a coffee house in Antigua Guatemala, these experts roast their own beans for export as well as serving drinks on site. They sell light, medium or dark roast from the Acatenango region. Pick up a bag when you’re in town or order online for delivery to the US and Canada. There is a five bag minimum order.
This is one of the biggest coffee brands in Guatemala, with different beans sourced from around the country. You’ll find it in most supermarkets, and even at the airport, but the quality is good. It’s a great option for when you can’t get to a specialist coffee shop.
Hailing from the Antigua region, this coffee comes in distinctive packaging that evokes the traditional dress of local Mayan communities. The Arabica beans are hand-selected for quality and come from trees on a bird and animal-friendly plantation.
Situated in Guatemala City’s trendy Zone 4, this coffee shop and roaster continues to go from strength to strength since its foundation in 2011. You can buy bags of beans to take away or order from the website.
Founded by an American called Zach Daggett, this speciality coffee shop and roaster is based in the little-visited coffee region of Jalapa. Daggett was trained as a barista in Guatemala, and realized that most locals were drinking the bad coffee that was left after the good beans were exported. He decided to change that by setting up La Fabrica, where locals and visitors can drink the good stuff.
Another mass market brand that you’ll find throughout the country, it’s worth looking out for Café Leon. It might not have the traceability or the history of the smaller brands on this list, but it’s decent coffee at a reasonable price in accessible locations. A great everyday cup for your time in the country.