The coffee industry in Guatemala began to develop in the 1850s, with small plantations flourishing. Cultivation of coffee and the country's coffee industry was given a sizeable boost during the Liberal Revolution of 1871, when goals of modernisation and trade improvements caused the bean to become an especially important crop. To this day coffee remains one of Guatemala's main exports, along with sugar, textiles and bananas. The particular bean used in our medium and mellow Dark Maragogype is known as the 'Elephant Bean', which, as its name suggests, is selected because of its larger size. The Elephant Bean, grown in higher, temperate regions, produces a coffee that is smoother and richer in flavour than standard arabica beans, combined with a slight acidity, resulting in an all-round coffee that can be enjoyed from cafetiere or filters, or as a punchy espresso.
These beans are supplied green, un-roasted, and in a 908g bag. See our roasted Guatemala Coffee if you'd prefer to receive pre-roasted coffee.