Guatemalan Coban Coffee

(7 customer reviews)


A smooth Central American coffee with a well defined body. A delicious cup in the morning or at any time during the day.


Guatemalan Coban Coffee

Guatemalan Coban coffee drying
Guatemalan Coban drying under a canopy

Coban coffee beans make for a typical Central American coffee: It  has a  smooth taste, with a well-balanced body. Look for its rich, spicy flavour and light, fruity tang.
This is one of the first coffees that we roasted at Real Deal Roasters many years ago. It still remains a firm favourite with our customers. Guatemalan Coban coffee has stood the test of time and become a cornerstone of our business. It is an essential element in two of our most popular blends, Big Deal and the ubiquitous Morning Glory but it is also a great coffee on its own.

The Coban Region

Coban is a small city and region in north-central Guatemala. The area has been famous for its coffee plantations since the 19th century.
There are millions of acres of rain forest in Guatemala and their climatic influences give Cobán coffee an unmistakable and lovely acidity in its cup. (Of course in coffee descriptions “acidity” means that dry, bright, sometimes even sparkling sensation that a really high-quality coffee has. It does not mean something that will hurt your tummy!). Specialist coffee tasters describe Coban as being “marked by well balanced fresh fruit flavours in light roasts”. It also has a characteristic and well-defined chocolate taste when roasted dark. We like to roast it like this for our lovely Morning Glory coffee blend.
Coban 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,. it has a lively aroma with light winey notes. Complement with Costa Rican Tarrazu as in our delicious Big Deal blend.

Interesting….Coban, Coffee and the Germans

In the 1850s a German colony grew up in the Coban region of Guatemala, thanks to generous concessions granted by the government. The Germans had a very strong community and by far their most important commercial activity in was coffee plantations.
The Coban coffee industry flourished with the help of these German coffee growers towards the end of the 19th century. They built the Ferrocarril Verapaz railway which connected Coban city with Lake Izabal. This operated until 1963. and was a symbol of the wealth the coffee-growing region was generating.
By 1941  the Guatemalan government had expelled all Germans. This was due to pressure from the American government who saw them as enemies during WWII.
Today the once sizeable group of Germans has been assimilated into the general Guatemalan population, who now run the coffee plantations. Elements of German architecture can still be seen throughout Coban. Our latest offering is an organic coffee from the Finca Bremen coffee planation. Even the name of the farm shows its Germanic roots!
Old Coban in the 1890s

Central Park church
Old Coban church


Street Market
Old Coban market


Calvary Church
Old Coban


Additional information

Weight N/A

Roasted Beans, Cafetiere Grind, Fine Grind, Green Beans


125g, 250g, 500g, 1kg

7 reviews for Guatemalan Coban Coffee

  1. RealDealRoasters1

    A great single estate coffee

  2. Sky Young

    A truly delightful aroma deliciously blended. I like my coffee strong, unlike most popular coffee flavours when roasted can be a bit harsh however this is rich, slightly spicy, smooth and fresh. A delicious cup of coffee in the morning or at any time during the day. I can’t wait to try your other flavours.

  3. Jules

    Strong, rich, smooth. Amazing to have such great coffee roasted on our doorstep.

  4. Dave London

    Very tasty coffee. I love strong coffee and this was just right for me, rich and not bitter.

  5. Michael Ridgwell

    A great coffee. I used this in my expresso machine and have enjoyed as a breakfast latte but equally well as a strong expresso (it goes down very well with a little French brandy on the side!). I’d recommend.

  6. Richard Porteous

    This is just a brief note to thank you for your Guatemalan Dark Roast, which we have been enjoying in the office. Whilst dark and robust, as one would expect, its aroma is unusually subtle. All in all, quite delicious.

  7. Martin Rivas (verified owner)

    Smooth tasting, a breakfast favourite. Pretty good the rest of the day as well!!

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