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House Selection: The Five Best Coffee Varieties of Latin America

For households in Latin America, nothing is more important than food rituals. Coffee is one of their favorite beverage and it wakes them up every morning. The region is home to a large number of coffee planters, and also roasters who reach the coffee to the doorstep of consumers around the world.

Most of North America sees coffee as an energy booster and a way to get in as much caffeine in as short of a time as possible. People rushing to their office holding a cup of coffee on one hand and the wheel of their car on the other is a common scene in the United States. But in Latin American countries, people don’t want to be disturbed while drinking coffee. Coffee accompanies their breakfast of fresh fruit, hot grains, and toast. Not only in the morning, coffee is consumed even after lunch in many countries in the region.

Below you’ll find some of the best verities of Latin American coffee, their tastes and flavors. If you want to savor a good coffee, then buy organically-grown coffee beans in the market and grind at home.

Huehuetenango Mam

Roaster: Bowtruss Coffee

Origin: Guatemala

Grown in Guatemala and roasted in Chicago, this form of coffee keeps you awake even after a long day of work. It’s bright and citrusy, and blended with Bourbon, Caturra, and Catuai.

Bowtruss roasts the beans making sure that it remains fresh for a long time. One of the things I loved most about them is their mission statements and vision. They’re a small company with a huge potential, so keep them in your coffee radar.

Organic Las Colinas

Roaster: Las Colinas Co-Op

Origin: El Salvador

With the support of Equal Exchange Co-Op, Las Colinas is producing a remarkable organic coffee in El Salvador. They’ve invested heavily to make sure that their plant does not pollute the surrounding environment and are currently repaying the loan they had borrowed for purchasing the land.

This coffee variety contains the smell of cocoa and the aroma of citrus. Its beans do not look dark so can be showcased prominently in your kitchen.


Roaster: Finca San Marcos

Origin: Honduras

While trying this coffee for the first time, I loved the light floral aroma it gave out while brewing.  What is so special with this coffee is that it does not need any sort of sweetener and pairs well with various desserts. I came across this coffee in a monthly subscription box and was amazed with the quality of it. Andy Sprenger, chief roaster at Ceremony, has won the U.S. Champion Coffee Brewer award twice, so he knows what he is doing.

Cafe Bustelo

Roaster: Pilon

Origin: Cuba/Puerto Rico

Gregorio Bustelo, who found out this delicious coffee form, was originally from Galicia, Spain. He arrived in Cuba looking for a better life, where he discovered the art of roasting coffee. Bustelo moved from Cuba, where he had fallen in love with coffee, to Puerto Rico to continue his venture. A few years later he moved to East Harlem, New York, where his coffee business leapfrogged.

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Cafe Bustelo is made of dark and roasted coffee beans, with strong taste and flavor. It’s rich and complex with very little bitterness and an intense aroma that seduces the nose.

vermont_coffeeCafe Alta Gracia

Roaster: Vermont Coffee Company

Origin: Dominican Republic

Started by world-renowned Dominican author, Julia Alvarez, Cafe Alta Gracia cares for environmental safeguards and believes in organic agriculture. They have a history of backing coffee farmers and roasters in the area. This coffee bean is grown in Jarabacoa region of the Dominican Republic.

Marnely Rodriguez

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