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The hot new thing in Guatemala land of coffee? It’s coffee

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


In the narrative spun around specialty coffee, there are two kinds of places: those where people cultivate the beans and those where people consume the end result.

On one side, the sturdy farmer from somewhere in Latin America or Africa plucks red coffee cherries against a tapestry of emerald plants. On the other, men and women in cozy cafes sip from fragrant cups of coffee identified by their exotic origins — Guatemala, for example.

But the picture is shifting. Guatemala is no longer just exporting coffee. It is also home to an expanding community of coffee shops where baristas point out the peach and raisin notes in the daily special and tasting classes (“cupping,” to the initiated) are scheduled each Saturday.

Source: New York Times