Antigua Guatemala Coffee Tour: Duration 5 hours.
Antigua Guatemala is surrounded by coffee plantations, or “fincas” as they are called in Spanish. You can visit the large plantations that are big enough to be major suppliers to Starbucks and other international brands or you can visit the family-owned fincas where the owners sell their coffee at the local markets. You can even go to coffee fincas where you husk, sort and roast your own bag of coffee to take away as a souvenir of your time in Guatemala. Some of the larger plantations are set up to provide “cuppings,” which are tastings for coffee from different zones and bean varieties. Half-day tours start at $30.
The cultivation of coffee, a historical overview of the distribution of land and the means of production in Guatemala, now gives us an idea eloquently of the factors that influence to provide the best coffee in the region and its process from the plant, to cup and taste. You can visit a coffee farm or a coffee museum to see the process of how the best coffee is harvested and toasted before it gets to your cup. There are several options in town to see and enjoy.
Antigua Guatemala is surrounded by great coffee plantations and has one of the best coffees in the world. It has been acclaimed by great brands such as Starbucks and is exported to Europe and Japan as a gourmet style coffee.
The coffee production in Guatemala is an important part of the Guatemalan economy. While the country was Central America‘s top producer of coffee until for most of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st Century, the coffee production in Honduras surpassed Guatemala in 2011.
The coffee industry began to develop in Guatemala in the 1850s and 1860s, initially mixing its cultivation with cochineal. Small plantations flourished in Amatitlán and Antigua areas in the southwest. Initial growth though was slow due to lack of knowledge and technology. Many planters had to rely on loans and borrow from their families to finance their coffee estates (fincas) so coffee production in the country grew increasing non-Guatemalan, owned by foreign companies who possessed the financial power to buy plantations and provide investment