• Acatenango

  • Acatenango

  • Acatenango

Acatenango is a municipality in the department of Chimaltenango in Guatemala.

Located at an altitude of 1.800 meters above sea level, its climate is temperate. In its territory lies Acatenango volcano that reaches 3,976 meters. Apart from this attraction is undoubtedly the main geographical feature, contains numerous hills and mountains to the west and north valley creating Acatenango where the homonymous municipal seat is.

Besides the river crosses the village Xaya Pixcaya, spanning almost the entire municipality, are also the rivers of Las Lajas, El Caracol, Quiquiya, El Arco, Tuhuya, Cocoya and El Zapote River tributaries that are Xaya Pixcaya not missing other streams minor.

 Coffee Characteristics

This is the newest coffee region located in the slope of Volcan Acatenango and the coffee is grown under dense shade as high as 6,500 feet (2,000 meters), creating a forest and sandy soils that is of full of minerals due to constant eruptions from the nearby Fuego volcano.

Temperate gusts from the Pacific Ocean and marked seasons allow coffee to be sun-dried, and its processing follows age-old family traditions.
The coffee grown within this area has unique characteristics that differentiate it from other coffees from Guatemala and the world.

Climate variables and soil characteristics influence the balance of chemical components within the grains, and, consequently, the characteristics of the cup of coffee, resulting in distinctive flavor and aroma profiles. Acatenango coffee is grown mainly under shade controlled through Gravilea shade trees (Gravillea robusta), Cuje (Inga sp.), and Guachipilín (Diphysa americana). Agro-ecological conditions such as soil type, rainfall, and altitude (1,300 to 2,000 meters above sea level) are characteristics that make this type of coffee unique.

Of all coffee varieties grown in the region, the main ones are Caturra, traditional Bourbon and Catuaí.

Cup characteristics are described as acidity, fragrant aroma, balanced body and clean lingering finish.
Acatenango Valley® cup profile
(NOTE : This is a general profile of this region.  The cupping scores will be VERY different from each farm of the region)

  

History

It was founded in 1785. Etymologically comes from the Mexican voices "tenamilt" means wall and "Acalt" meaning reed (corn), so it is implied as "fencing the reeds."

Acatenango is at the foot of the volcano of the same name. Because volcanic Acatenango is in a geologically active area. The last recorded earthquake occurred in 1976 whose greatest destruction was the primary school.

Acatenango is a town whose origins date back to the seventeenth century, the original settlers were Cakchiqueles who lived in the same place.