The Guatemalan coffee grading system defines the Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) grade to include “coffee beans grown at elevations higher than 4,500 feet (1350 meters) above sea level, while the Hard Bean (HB) grade includes coffee beans grown between 4,000 feet and 5,000 feet (1300-1500 meters) above sea level.” The higher the elevation, the slower the growth and ripening, thus the denser the bean, rendering it of higher quality.

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The Best Guatemala Coffees

  1. Light/Medium

    Guatemala Timoteo's Microlot

    Dulce de leche, toasted hazelnut, chocolate.

    $22 / 12oz

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  2. Medium

    Guatemala Antigua Hunapu

    Green grape, nectarine, papaya.

    $18.95 / 12oz

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  3. Medium/Dark

    Guatemala Playa Grande

    Chocolate, almond, cream.

    $19 / 12oz

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  4. Light/Medium

    Guatemala Santa Isabel Washed

    Plum, pineapple, toffee.

    $19.50 / 12oz

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  5. Medium

    Guatemala Chapina Blend

    Apple, chocolate, caramel.

    $18 / 12oz

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  6. Medium

    Guatemala Finca El Chucita

    Raspberry, milk chocolate, cane sugar.

    $18.50 / 12oz

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  7. Light/Medium

    Guatemala San Miguel Escobar Cooperative

    Citrus, floral, marzipan.

    $22 / 12oz

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  8. Medium

    Guatemala Finca Nuevo Vinas

    Dark chocolate, brown sugar, crème brulee.

    $18.50 / 12oz

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  9. Medium/Dark

    Guatemala Luz de la Noche, Waykan

    Roasted almond, bit-o-honey candy, molasses.

    $19 / 12oz

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