This coffee represents various smallholder farmers, each of whom owns an average of 2 hectares within the Oriente region, specifically the municipalities of Jalapa, Jutiapa, Santa Rosa, Zacapa, and Chiquimula. The farms are made of predominantly clay soil and sit nearby the Ayarza Lake. Coffees are picked ripe and dried on patios for 20–23 days for this Natural lot. What makes Guatemalan coffees so unique is its high altitudes, diverse microclimates, consistent rainfall patterns, and excellent cultivation and processing, hence producing a variety of distinctive types of Guatemalan Arabica coffees.
New Oriente is one of the oldest coffee growing regions in Guatemala. The region is in eastern Guatemala along the border with Honduras. In the 1980s, responding to the increasing demand for specialty coffee, the region took off. These days virtually every mountain back yard is a coffee farm. Located over what was once a volcanic range, its soil is made from metamorphic rock. This makes it balanced in minerals and very different from Guatemala’s volcanic regions, which have all seen volcanic activity since coffee was first planted.