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Roastery and Coffee House
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Guatemala we are in
prime coffee country and have so many cafes from which to choose to have a fresh
cup of brew. Some shops serve breakfast, some serve
the best French
and some are just little cupboard sized rooms filled with tables, chairs, a
roaster, a cappuccino machine and lively music.
Guate Java is just such a
Guate Java, a corner
Located just around the
corner from our hotel, Guate Java is another favorite hangout for coffee
drinkers. They have their own roaster and roast their beans weekly which, for
some, is a big draw.
Guate Java's hours posted
I always think it's great when hours are
posted for everyone to see and one doesn't have to guess. Or worse, we're all
ready to go have a cup
of Joe only to find this is the day they are closed.
What's even better is when a shop is open daily.
A bit of positivity for
This roastery and coffee
house is owned by Javier Villatoro. He has been in this location almost a year
and sells his beans locally as well as overseas. Javier advertises that both
Spanish and English are spoken by those behind the counter.
Javier's English was
A typical morning at the
Javier's roaster is on the
left, there are bins of beans, a cappuccino machine, some fresh pastries being
offered and a flat screen TV with entertainment and music, and then the counter
at which you place your order. Bags of this week's roasted beans are on the
shelves to the right.
Coffee selections and
their prices in Quetzales
At the time of this
writing, 10Quetzales is about $1.32USD. Mochas are $2.50USD.
More menu options
There are some interesting
offerings listed here. I'm unclear what a Red Maya is and am very curious about
4 x 4. I would imagine it would hit you like a ton of bricks, would that be two
A frozen Latte sounds
delicious on a hot day. I guess we'll have to return and try out a couple of the new
Guate Java's coffee
It is not uncommon to walk
the streets of
Antigua and catch the wafting aroma of coffee beans being
roasted. There are so many boutique shops, and being in the heart of
coffee country, people are quite knowledgeable about their beans, where they are grown,
how they are roasted, and what sort of cup of hot or cold infusion they choose
Beans, beans beans
If you have a coffee shop in the States, you
can ask Javier to send you some of his fresh roasted beans. Or, if you simply
want some for your home use, he'll happily oblige. Guatemalan coffee is famous
all over the world, and if you like this style of coffee, it can't be beat.
Whole bean coffee, roasted 4 days ago
A friend or ours asked us to bring him some
coffee from Guate Java back to
Panajachel. He specified that he wanted the coffee roasted the
current week of our visit. This coffee, purchased for 75Q (about $10USD) for 10
ounces was four days old.
When we purchased this bag of
freshly roasted beans, Javier treated us to one of his cappuccinos as a bonus.
We returned the next day to try something
A Cubano and
The Cubano, also called espresso Cubano,
is a shot of
dark-roasted espresso brewed either directly onto sugar, or with the sweet
granules mixed and melted with the grounds as they're extracted.
The coffee is short, sweetened
and packs a punch. The thick, foamy head that forms from the melted sugar and
the espresso's aromatic crema gives way to a syrupy little jolt of rich, smoky
If you visit Antigua for a
few days, spend some time at the different coffee shops around town. Each has
their own atmosphere and with the excellent coffees offered, you can't lose.
Guate Java Roastery &
6a Calle Poniente, Casa 26,
Antigua, Guatemala, Sacatepequez
Javier Villatoro, Owner,
Email: Javier@gcworks.org Website:
Tele 502. 7937. 2073
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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
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they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since
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