Barrancas, meaning "Big Ravines"
gets its name from a small mountain town
called Barranca Grande. Coffee here is
grown on the limited room of both sides
of deep, seemingly endless ravines.
San Marcos is one of half dozen primary
coffee growing regions in Guatemala and
is located near the border with Mexico.
What makes this coffee unique is that
the farmers of Barranca Grande extend
the maturation point of the coffee cherries
by picking them slightly beyond the traditional
harvest point. They do this by waiting
for the cherries to turn purplish in color
rather than bright red, which helps develop
complexity and sweetness in the cup.