Their coffee is world famous. Now Guatemalans are drinking it
Coffee has been one of Guatemala's most important export crops since at least the early 1800s. Only in the past few years have Guatemalans started to consume their own world-renowned product on a larger scale.
"The growth has been exponential in the last five to eight years," says Evelio Francisco Alvarado, general manager of Guatemala's National Coffee Association, known by its Spanish acronym, Anacafe. "This growth has stemmed from the increase in coffee shops not only in the capital, but also in other parts of the country."