Upper Left Roasters

Guatemala Chapina Blend

Apple, chocolate, caramel.

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12oz / whole bean / free shipping

Cherry syrup, cola, and fig aromas sashay into flavor notes of apple with a side of chocolate-dipped caramel. Throw in a hint of cinnamon and rootbeer, add sweet acidity and silky body for an easy to brew, easy to sip classic cup of Guatemalan coffee.

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Chapina Blend
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Meet Chapina Blend

Renowned for its high-grown coffee from farmer cooperatives and large farm lots, Guatemala produces coffees rich with hints of chocolate and fruit, with a moderate, refined acidity. In order to represent Guatemalan coffees consistently throughout the year, Upper Left has created an all-Guatemalan blend, Chapina.

Chapina is continually tweaked to include what is best and available from Guatemala at any given time, anchored by coffees from the Huehuetenango region. The resulting blend is pleasantly structured and lends itself with equal brilliance to a wide range of brewing methods including espresso, french press, or cold brew.

About the Region

In many places in the world, coffee grows in volcanic soil. Here in the Huehuetenango region in the western highlands of Guatemala, that is not the case. Located near Cuchumatanes, the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America, currents of hot air sweep up from Mexico’s Tehuantepec plain, intercepting the colder air flowing down the mountain and protecting the region from frost. This phenomenon, along with natural shade from the highland jungles, provides the perfect growing environment, allowing coffee cultivation as high as 2,000 meters.

Coffees from Huehuetenango (pronounced “way-way-ten-an-go”) present a fruitier profile than other most other Guatemalan regions. Some speculate that this is due to how high producers stack their beans on the drying patios. This common practice may not be the most efficient way to dry the coffees, but the Huehue profile is distinctive.

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Upper Left Roasters

When one of the original food entrepreneurs in Portland decided to open a coffee business with his daughter, Jim and Katherine Harris did it right. A true Portland-style neighborhood café, Upper Left opened Autumn 2015 in a beautiful, light-filled space that integrates roasting with daily café operations.

Upper Left has quickly built a strong team of coffee professionals and is forming a reputation for delicious coffees, roasted by Chris Alspach on site. Upper Left offers coffees carefully sourced from around the world, to a broader audience through


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