The history of coffee production in Guatemala dates back to 1700's when the Jesuits brought coffee plants to the country merely as ornamental trees. Being agriculturally oriented country, Guatemala started to produce coffee beans since 1835 when the government started to encourage local farmers for cultivating coffee beans over lower taxes and preferential trade. In 1859 Guatemala exported its first bags of coffee beans to Europe and started to earn its reputation and name in the coffee beans market. Since 2005 Guatemalan coffee producers have been gradually re-focusing to the specialty coffee market as the demand for the quality coffee was and still on the rise.
Today Guatemala is known for producing one of the world's distinctive and superior fully washed coffees. 6th largest coffee producer in the world, Guatemala has its 2.5% market share. Figures are considerably higher as long as the gourmet coffee market alone is involved.
One of the best known among coffee gourmands areas of coffee production in Guatemala is called Huehuetenango. Traditionally, coffee beans in this northern region of Guatemala are stacked higher on the patios which has its touch on the coffee taste and flavor. Meanwhile, due to soft and frosts-protected micro climate of the region, coffee beans from Huehuetenango have frutier, spicier, slightly nutty profile with pleasant acidity.