From Cafe Imports, we learn more about this regional select coffee, produced by various smallholder farms in region of Acatenango, Guatemala:
“The Regional Select program was created to highlight the unique profiles we have found that are inherent to various microclimates in many of the countries from which we source green coffee. Local variables like wind patterns, soil quality, sunlight, elevation, and other environmental influencers have much to do with the common characteristics that separate, say, a Northern Colombian from a Southern Colombian coffee, just as they inform the differences between a Colombian and a Kenyan.
“Acatenango benefits from rich volcanic soils and a very traditional coffee culture that has carried its regional profile consistently through the generations. Farmers here almost exclusively grow their coffee under a cover of shade.”