Guatemala is a complex coffee origin. Hard Bean grade coffees from the central highlands tend to exhibit a rich, spicy or floral acidity and excellent body. Coffees from mountainous areas exposed to either Pacific or Caribbean weather tend to display less acidity and more fruit.
The best Guatemala beans are grown at an altitude of at least 4,000 feet. When grown above 4,500 feet they earn the classification SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) and are among the most sought after varieties in the world. When grown at altitudes higher than 5,500 feet, they become trult sublime and are labelled simply with the name of the plantation or region (Tres Marias, for example).
Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala (, IPA: ), is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the northwest, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize and the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast.