Guatemala is home to some of the world's finest growing regions. While you may have heard of larger regions such as Antiqua and Huehuetenago, you may not have heard of some of the smaller, equally amazing regions such as Chiquimula. Chiquimula is located in the department of Totinicapán, in Sierra Madre's western highlands. Totonicapán's geography is a stunning natural collage of steep mountains, old growth forests, deep ravines, soaring volcanoes, beautiful valleys, and wide open plains. The Santa Maria farm, which sits high in the Sierra Madre, at elevations of 3,500- 5,000 feet above sea level, boasts ideal growing conditions for arabica plants with rich volcanic soil, a temperate environment and a community that takes great pride in their hundreds of years of coffee growing history. Indigenous farmers and estate owners still speak Mayan K’iche’ and still use traditional farming methods. The coffee produced in Chiquimlua, we recommend roasting it to a deep Vienna shade which highlights its dark chocolate taste and strong vanilla and blackberry finish. Few single origin coffees are acknowledged as complete or balanced on their own but this Guatemalan jewel is a standout with its good body, intoxicating aroma, and balanced taste. Absolutely lovely! To learn more about this great coffee, including customer reviews, check out our blog entry. Please note that these beans are not roasted.