Assessment: Very aromatic, caramelly sweet, full bodied with a high acidity and good strength. You should find a hint of bittersweet chocolate, slight smokiness and a long, rich and somewhat dry finish.     Buy Now

Recommended Roast: City/Medium roast

Medium Roasts (American, Breakfast, Brown, City, Medium) Medium light brown beans. The American roast is the most common roast used for cupping and professional coffee tasting. An official Medium or City roast (more common in the Western U.S.) is slightly darker than American (more common in the Eastern and southern U.S.), and is an excellent choice for tasting the differences between most varietals.

About the Origin: Antigua coffee beans are among the worlds most famous and noted for their balance of body, flavor, acidity and aroma. The term “smokiness” is often used to describe the ephemeral complexity that makes the Antigua coffee bean one of the worlds best.

The origin of the name “Guatemala” is unclear, and several theories exist. “Guatemala” may mean “land of the trees” in the Maya–Toltec language.

Guatemala has had several capital cities since its conquest by Spain in 1519. Always the capital city was referred to as “Guatemala”. La Antigua Guatemala means the “Old Guatemala” and was the third capital. It was founded in 1527 as the seat of the Kingdom of Guatemala, which at that time encompassed most of Central America. It was one of the finest and richest cities colonized by Spain. Famous for its Spanish influenced Baroque architecture and old colonial churches it is now recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.

It survived devastating earthquakes in 1541 and again in 1773 so the king of Spain approved moving the capital once again in 1776 to a new location where it is today and known as Guatemala City.

On the outskirts of Antigua one can find many of Guatemala’s finest coffee estates. Antigua coffee beans are small and hard due to the long ripening period in the cool climate. The Antigua coffee bean has a distinctive blue-green jade like luster.