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Santa Isabel coffees feel like old friends at this point. Our partners at Origin Coffee Roasting have brought in and shared delicious lots from the award-winning estate several times over the last few years. They also very recently had a lot to share from San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel's younger sibling farm also run by the Valdes family.
Combining a long family tradition of coffee cultivation with cutting edge agricultural techniques, the latest generation of Valdes farmers are masters of their craft. They produced high quality, memorable and delicious Guatemalan coffees. We're always excited to share one of these releases!
Phaedon's tasting notes
Ah, Isabel... it's good to have her back. This coffee is just plain satisfying. It hits all those classic notes: a bit of nuttiness, a bit of chocolate, and a bit of fruit. Nothing is overpowering. Everything is in balance. It's just plain delicious. There's a bit of a jammy quality to the body. The flavours are somewhat reminiscent of ripe stone fruit. Enjoy this coffee in any brew method that you like.
The return of a favourite coffee from last season. Origin has recently featured coffees from San Lorenzo – the baby sister of Finca Santa Isabel.
- Flavour: Cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate
- Body: Viscous
- Roast: Medium–light
- Acidity: Red apple, soft, pleasant & balanced
- Brewing: Very versatile, excellent in pour-overs
Located near the town of San Cristóbal Verapaz, in the cool, rainy reaches of Cobán, Guatemala, Finca San Isabel is situated on 300 acres of high, but relatively level, fertile land. Finca San Isabel was first acquired by Luis Valdes II’s great-grandfather in 1875, when the land was granted to the Valdés family by Guatemala’s President; however, the farm was passed out of the hands of the family when it was inherited by a nephew who sold it to a third party. It took time for the farm to return to the Valdés family, who took charge again in 1960 when Luis Valdes I purchased it. He started the coffee plantation in 1965.
Don Luis and his son – also named Luis (nicknamed ‘Wicho’) – manage the farm as general and agricultural manager, respectively. Now Luis IV (5 years old), Wicho’s son and Luis’ grandchild spends his school holidays at the farm, much as his father did when he was young.
When Don Luis first planted the farm out in Bourbon, Caturra and Catuai, Cobán didn’t necessarily have a reputation for high-quality coffee, due in part to the fact that coffee from the region must often be mechanically dried because of the humid climate. Don Luis and Wicho, however, knew that the region had more to offer. By placing their attention on improved cultivation techniques and perfecting their drying practices, they succeeded in transforming the quality of their coffee over the course of the last decade, even succeeding in placing Guatemala’s Cup of Excellence twice ( 8th in 2011 and 3rd in 2012).
- Farm: Finca Santa Isabel
- Owner: Luis Valdes
- Varieties: Caturra, Catuai
Processing: Fully washed & sun-dried
- Altitude: 1,400 - 1,600 masl
- Town: San Cristobal Verapaz, 20km from Coban City
- Region: Coban
- Country: Guatemala
- Producer accolades: Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2011 (8th), Guatemala CoE 2012 (3rd), CoE National Winner 2014