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    Off to Guatemala later this year -- what should I see?

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    Well the subject says the basics -- but Im asking particularly in relation to coffee. Theres a number of hostels and the like built in amongst coffee plantations apparently, with tasting and tours available. Does anyone know of anywhere particularly special to go?

    Im also spending a week in the south part of Mexico, which has some coffee growers also.

    Also, is it easy to get green beans through Australian customs (legally)?

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    Re: Off to Guatemala later this year -- what should I see?

    I would say definitely try to make it to this plantation: http://fincavistahermosa.com/ They are a multiple Cup of Excellence winner and produce what I still consider to be one of the best beans Ive ever roasted/tasted! Also the last I heard they were very welcoming to visitors.

    Heres my original post on the bean: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1109816604


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    Re: Off to Guatemala later this year -- what should I see?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4D554C4E4F210 link=1314095989/0#0 date=1314095989
    Also, is it easy to get green beans through Australian customs (legally)?

    Luke.
    In my experience, yep!
    Not 100% sure about Mexico/Guatemala, but Ive taken beans from Aust->NZ and NZ->Aust, declared them, and Ive been told every time that beans are never a problem.

    That being said, I still declare them every time just in case. Dont want to end up with a fine! :-/

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    Re: Off to Guatemala later this year -- what should I see?

    Quote Originally Posted by 595540404D5042340 link=1314095989/2#2 date=1314157660
    Not 100% sure about Mexico/Guatemala, but Ive taken beans from Aust->NZ and NZ->Aust, declared them, and Ive been told every time that beans are never a problem.
    Green or roasted? All green bean imports into Australia need a permit. If you managed to bring green in without a permit then either the customs dude throught they were roasted or you got "lucky".

    Quote Originally Posted by 5840595B5A340 link=1314095989/0#0 date=1314095989
    Also, is it easy to get green beans through Australian customs (legally)?
    $125 for an import permit from AQIS and you can bring in under 5kg if the import hoder is the person carrying them through customs. Any more than that and they will destroy them.

    You need 1 permit per country that you import from so if you bring back Mexican and Guat then you will need a permit for each country.

    Enjoy the trip and bring back plenty of pictures to share with CS!

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    Re: Off to Guatemala later this year -- what should I see?

    Thanks for the answers all.

    It does sound like non-commercial quantities of green beans wont be worth the cost and effort, which is a pity. Ill bring back some roasted ones instead at least!

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    Re: Off to Guatemala later this year -- what should I see?

    Roasted ones are fine, just declare them and customs might ask to have a look but they nearly always let them in (unless they came through an animal... luwak is a no-no)

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    Re: Off to Guatemala later this year -- what should I see?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C4349542D0 link=1314095989/3#3 date=1314166226
    Quote Originally Posted by 595540404D5042340 link=1314095989/2#2 date=1314157660
    Not 100% sure about Mexico/Guatemala, but Ive taken beans from Aust->NZ and NZ->Aust, declared them, and Ive been told every time that beans are never a problem.
    Green or roasted?* All green bean imports into Australia need a permit.* If you managed to bring green in without a permit then either the customs dude throught they were roasted or you got "lucky".
    They were green, but the customs guy didnt look at them and I didnt disclose they were green.

    The conversation has gone (both ways) along the lines of:

    Me: "Hey mate, just got some coffee beans"
    Customs: "Yeah all good mate, dont worry about them."

    Guess Ive just been lucky.



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