Finca Santa Margarita
Cobán has some of Guatemala’s best coffee, so it’s only fitting that you might have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the process of how the morning elixir makes it from a bush to your Bodum.
The Dieseldorff family’s Finca Santa Margarita (3a Calle 4-12 Zona 2, tel. 7951-3067, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–noon Sat., $2.50) is a working coffee farm where excellent, 45-minute guided tours are available in English or Spanish, thanks to a knowledgeable Guatemalan guide who once lived in New York. You will get up-close and personal with the process governing the planting, picking, roasting, packaging, and exporting of these wonderful beans.
At the end of the tour, you’re treated to a cup (or two) of coffee fresh from the roaster and can buy a bag (or several) of the farm’s excellent coffee. The more exclusive “special” selection is a steal at just $5 per pound.
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