Guatemala, but especially Antigua is known around the world as one of the best coffee producers. This is because of its climate caused by the elevation over sea level that it has. When you drive through Antigua’s surroundings you can still see tons of coffee plantations and some are now offering guided tours.
In these tours you get to learn about the process behind a cup of Guatemalan coffee, including how it’s grown, harvested and processed. You also learn about the history of this delicious grain.
Here is some info about the coffee process you will be learning about:
- The coffee plant is cultivated from seed and depends on strict pruning processes to grow to its full fruition.
- Once the cherries are picked, the fruit is de-pulped, fermented, washed, and sundried on patios.
- After it has dried properly, it is hulled and then handpicked according to size, color, weight, and density of the green bean.
- Learn the different roasting processes for regular, expresso coffees and many others that you might like.
- Learn what is involved in the packaging and blending of coffee. The packaging is much more important than you may think.
- Lastly, join a coffee expert for a tasting of the distinct taste sensations of different coffees.
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FUN FACT: Did you know that instant coffee was invented in Guatemala? That’s how much they love coffee!
Who offers these coffee tours in Antigua?
- De la Gente – This one will take you to small producer’s plantations and will allow you to support a non-profit that allows small producers to export their products at a fair rate.
- Finca filadelfiia Resort – This is a luxury resort on the outskirts of Antigua, perfect for those looking for a more luxurious experience.
- Finca Colombia – Colombia is a Finca with a sports club, a coffee plantation, and a tasty restaurant.
All these adventures are very different but they all provide a great experience. you won’t regret paying for any of these coffee tours right outside Antigua Guatemala.
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