Coffee from Guyana


Trinidad Robusta coffee isn’t quite as tasty as some of its immediate neighbours. For example, one of the most famous coffees in the region, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, is Arabica. The taste that most people are more used to.

Cafe Vega aims to put the Islands Robusta on the map – they are proud to offer Islands farmers a selection of premium Robusta coffee beans.

Not only that, but they have also established relationships between select coffee shops in Ireland and the UK, which hopefully will increase awareness and demand for the different products that make up Trinidad coffee. Transforming the land of tea drinkers into true coffee connoisseurs is an admirable undertaking, and we wish them the best of luck as it is no easy task.

Interesting Tips

  • The New World, consisting of North, Central, and South America, was not discovered by Europeans until 1492.
  • The Arabica coffee plant – Barima Waini, located in Pomeron 1, has adapted and evolved into a unique blend of flavours. It is a world-class coffee bean processed and packaged by Amy’s Pomeroon Foods in Guyana.

 Where is coffee grown in Guyana?

Unlike the famous coffee-growing countries, Guyana’s coffee plantations are difficult to access. You’ll have to take a speedboat across the country along the piranha-filled rainforest river (also known as the Pomeron River), then take a short hike into the Amazon rainforest.

For this reason, coffee farmers live on the banks of the Pomeron River, and coffee cherries are shipped to the mainland for further processing.

 What is the history of coffee from Guyana?

  • The history of Guyana coffee is deeply rooted in a remarkable history that even Guyanese don’t know.
  • Originally from Yemen, coffee plants were brought to the coasts of South America, including Guyana, in the early 17th century by a botanical gardener (Hortus Botanicus) from Amsterdam. The coffee plants brought back at that time were the original Typica variety.
  • By 1810, Guyana was exporting more than 22 million pounds of coffee and was the largest coffee producer in the Western Hemisphere. It is believed that Guyana Coffee Seeds started a world-famous coffee industry in Colombia, but I am sure they will never admit it.

Arabica coffee is just one of many species in the coffee genus – the plants that produce our coffee cherries. Arabica coffee is the only coffee plant produced in Guyana. However, Pomeroon is currently making some subtle changes. While other parts of the coffee plant can be used, coffee cherries are ideal, which are dried to make coffee. Coffee has many benefits, from stimulating our brains to using it as a decoration to treating ailments like fever and flu. Once brewed, these coffee beans make a delicious drink to start your day. These coffee plants have been helpful since their discovery in the 15th century.

What happened to the coffee industry of Guyana?

  • Guyana’s land naturally produces fertile, agriculture-friendly soil, which, combined with Guyana’s ideal weather conditions, is perfect for making the best sugar cane.
  • Britain, the Netherlands, Portugal, France and Spain vie for the lucrative sugar producer. In 1831, the British Empire completely controlled Guyana’s world-renowned sugar industry.
  • Coffee farmers abandoned coffee plantations favouring the more profitable and popular sugar industry.
  • Guyana’s coffee industry was shaky until 2015, when Louis Holder, Guyana-based Amy’s Pomeroon Foods Inc. CEO, laid out a vision to revive the lost sector.

 Which countries import coffee from Guyana?

Guyana has a small fraction of coffee, and within this fraction, only one retailer processes Guyana beans in a way that can be considered premium. This method is called “wet method.” This process uses a water-based machine to separate the green coffee beans from the cherries.

These premium coffee beans are exported to our Guyana Rainforest Coffee Company and distributed by us in Canada and the United States. They are very popular in New York City, Toronto and Florida. We are also establishing a UK distributor.