Guatemalan Cobán beans make for a smooth, Central American coffee with a well-balanced body, a rich and spicy flavour and a light, fruity acidity.
This is one of the first coffees that we roasted at Real Deal Roasters all those years ago! It still remains a firm favourite of our customers. Guatemalan Cobán has stood the test of time and become a cornerstone of our business. It centres around two of our blends Big Deal and our popular Morning Glory but still is a great coffee on its own.
Cobán is grown in north-central Guatemala and displays typical Guatemalan coffee qualities which include an excellent body, usually full or medium, with a rich and spicy flavor and light fruity acidity, often floral, and a lively aroma with light winey notes.
The strong rain forest climate influences give this coffee an unmistakable persistent acidity in its cup. Marked by well balanced fresh fruit flavors in light roasts. It also has a characteristic and well defined chocolate taste when roasted dark.
Complement with Costa Rican Tarrazu
Cobán, Germans and Coffee
In the 1850’s a German colony settled in the area thanks to generous concessions granted by the government.The Germans had a very strong community and established a popular German Club in 1988 called the “Deutsche Verein“. Their main commercial activity in the region was coffee plantations.
Coban grew with the help of the German coffee growers towards the end of the 19th century. They built the Ferrocarril Verapaz railway which connected Cobán with Lake Izabal. This operated until 1963 and was a symbol for the wealth in this coffee-growing region those days.
In 1935 a German school was established in Cobán but by 1941, all Germans were expelled by the Guatemalan government.
A sizeable German population still exists today and elements of German architecture can still be seen throughout Cobán.
Cobán in the 1890s