Starbucks Presents Guatemala Antigua Origin Espresso [Sponsored Video]
Seasoned coffee drinkers will know that the taste of coffee varies depending on the place it was grown. Differences in soil, climate and farming methods mean that coffees from different regions can be as varied as wines or apples. If you’ve ever wondered why your local coffee shop doesn’t give you a choice of the origin of your coffee, wonder no longer, Starbucks has introduced espresso originating from Guatemala Antigua to their UK locations.
It’s easy to forget that coffee beans come from fruit and that the cherries have to picked at just the right time to get the best beans. On the farm of Santa Clara in Guatemala, the coffee pickers use a horn to notify the others that a crop is just ripe enough to pick. It’s then all hands on deck to make sure the cherries are harvested before they over-ripen.
The residents and farmers of Antigua live in the shadow of three volcanoes Agua, Acatenango and Fuego. This might sound like a silly place to plant your livelihood but every time the volcano’s erupts ash, it dusts the surrounding countryside with a rich layer of minerals which are perfect for growing coffee in. The local volcano, Volcan de Fuego (also known as ‘Volcano of fire’) last erupted in September 2012, so this year’s crop of Guatemala Antigua coffee has had the benefits of all that potassium and other nutrients from the volcanic ash.
The Guatemala Antigua micro-climate with its mineral rich loamy soil and altitude perfect for growing coffee has been treasured for generations of farmers, now the Guatemala Antigua Origin Espresso is available in your local Starbucks.
Watch the sponsored video below to find out more about how the coffee is grown in Guatemala Antigua.
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