Guatemala Huehuetenango Rio Azul


Our Guatemala Huehuetenango Rio Azul SHB EP is sourced from a group of 400 family owned farms located in the municipality of Huehuetenango, department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala via exporter Unitrade Coffee. A rocky mountain zone that boasts the highest altitudes and driest soils of the country along with cold winds from the Cuchumatanes Mountains and warm winds from the Tehuantepec region make this one of Guatemala’s premier coffee growing regions. Rio Azul is the river that runs through this area.

Farmers is this area generally cultivate coffee on 2 acres of land which they intercrop with corn and beans for their own consumption. There was very little infrastructure in the area for farmers to process their own coffee so they partnered with exporter Unitrade Coffee. Unitrade has a centrally located wet mill in Huehuetenango where producers deliver their coffee cherries for processing. They focus on quality control at every stage of production and get their producers coffees to the international market. Their vision to provide a better future for their coffee community and Guatemala as a whole. In 2004 Unitrade created the CoffeeCare program, a non-profit that fosters social awareness projects in coffee growing regions to improve the lives of families and children in the working community. The focus is on Education, Nutrition and Health; provided through building schools, providing medical care and food and keeping a close, supportive relationship with coffee workers and their families.

This crop is grown at 1,800 to 2,000 meters in a clay mineral soil. After harvest the cherries are processed fully washed and then dried in the sun or on mechanical dryers. This coffee is SHB and EP:

  • strictly hard bean denotes coffees grown at or above 1,370 meters above sea level (4,500 feet), generally thought to be a higher quality as the beans have a longer time to ripen in mountainous conditions thus making a more flavorful bean.
  • european prep denotes a generally higher quality bean as well based on sorting screen size and number of bean defects, ep marked coffees should have very few if any visual defects.

While these denotations are used in many coffee growing countries they do not always mean the exact same level of quality. Regions/countries will have their own grading levels that can alter how they use these terms.

Pleasant chocolately aroma with notes of sweet fruits. Smooth and creamy medium body in the cup. Nuances of rich milk and dark chocolate, caramel and hints of stone fruits and berries-peach, apricot, raspberry and strawberry.