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. Medium

    Augusta’s Organic

    Apple, caramel, walnut.

    $18.75 / 12oz

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  2. Dark

    Camila’s Organic

    Cocoa powder, almond skin, tobacco.

    $18.75 / 12oz

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  3. Light

    Guatemala El Socorro Maracaturra - Annonos

    Rooibos, brown sugar, cranberry.

    $22.50 / 12oz

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  4. Medium/Dark

    Guatemala Playa Grande

    Chocolate, almond, cream.

    $18.50 / 12oz

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  5. Light

    Santa Isabel

    Cherry, raspberry, allspice.

    $19.50 / 12oz

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  6. Medium/Dark

    Guatemala Luz de la Noche, Waykan

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

    $18.50 / 12oz

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  7. Light

    Guatemala Finca Santa Isabel

    Toffee, apricot, honeydew.

    $20 / 12oz

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  8. Medium

    Guatemala Finca Isnul Washed

    Milk chocolate, pineapple, hazelnut.

    $22 / 12oz

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