Come Experience Guatemalan Culture in
Did you know that about 20% of the little town of Morganton in the foothills of Western North Carolina is made up of Guatemalans? It is!!
This town truly has something unique when it comes to Guatemalan culture, and Little Guatemala exists to help you connect to it! At our shop you can find authentic Guatemalan coffee (which we roast in house), chocolate (which we make from the raw cacao), street food, all kinds of soccer programs and activities on our indoor soccer field, and a wide variety of fair and direct trade crafts (some of which are made right here in Morganton).
Our goal is to see bridges built across cultural barriers, so come ready to make some friends!
What We Do
It is our priority to bring you the best that Guatemalan coffee has to offer! Beans are sustainably sourced from the wide variety of growing regions in Guatemala. We roast in small batches to ship out and serve only the freshest products to our clients. The beans are for purchase in 16oz and 8oz bags.
If you are in or near Morganton, we would be glad to cater your events with our one of a kind coffee cart or insulated dispensers.
Cacao has played an integral role in the history of Guatemala and remains an important export to this day. We receive the cacao after it has been fermented and dried in Guatemala. Here, we roast, crack, winnow (separate out the husks), grind, temper, and mold those beans into delectable chocolate bars for you to enjoy! Currently, we offer three completely organic 2 oz bars:
- 70% Dark Chocolate - Milk Chocolate - White Chocolate
We also do seasonal treats like turtles, truffles, and barks! Keep your eyes open for more specialty chocolates!
Walking through a Guatemalan craft market is breathtaking. Colors and patterns fill each beautiful weaving, painting, and piece of pottery or jewelry. Our selection of crafts varies, so you can always find something new!
All of our products are either purchased through Fair Trade organizations with co-ops in Guatemala, directly from artisans on our trips to Guatemala, or from local Guatemalan artists or their families.
Soccer in any form is popular in Guatemala, and the quick-paced games offered on smaller fields are one of the most sought-after versions! We are so thrilled to offer a space for our community to enjoy this high-energy game. The field is the size of an elementary school basketball court (around 70ft x 40ft), covered in turf, and lined appropriately, including out-of-bounds.
Initially, guests will be able to rent time slots for practices and pick-up games, but we plan on expanding our offerings to leagues, tournaments, afterschool programs, and summer camps.
The field will be open Monday - Friday 5 - 10pm, Saturday 10am - 10pm, and closed on Sunday.