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Origin Guatemala Santa Isabel 250g Coffee Bean Bag

Origin Coffee Roasting - Guatemala Finca Santa Isabel

R 169.00

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Finca Santa Isabel coffees have become something of a regularly anticipated event for us at Cape Coffee Beans. Our partners at Origin Coffee Roasting have shared several delicious lots from the award-winning, family-run farm in the past, and each one has always left us clamouring for more, which makes it a great thing that Origin tends to bring lots out from this farm on a fairly regular basis. The Finca Santa Isabel farm has been attached to the Valdes family since current owner Luis Valdes II’s great-grandfather received the plot of land upon which it sits from the Guatemalan president in 1875. It was sold out of the family for a time, but repurchased by Luis Valdes I in 1960. He started farming coffee there in 1965, and he and his family have been mastering their craft ever since.

Coffee from the Cobán region, where Santa Isabel is located, isn’t necessarily famous; the area’s high humidity and year-round rain present a unique challenge for farming and processing, and Cobán coffees are often overlooked, stereotyped as plain and overly-earthy. However, thanks to cutting-edge, organic farming techniques, honed by the Valdes’ over generations, FInca Santa Isabel is able to expertly leverage Cobán’s rich soil and unique local climate, consistently producing what we see as Guatemalan coffee at its best. We’re as excited as usual to have it on our shelves again.

Origin’s notes

  • Flavour: Melted chocolate, ripe orange, cacao nibs, candy finish
  • Body: Medium, viscous
  • Roast: Medium
  • Acidity: Apple tart
  • Suggested brewing methods: AeroPress, V60, plunger, espresso, milk-based espresso

Coffee details from Origin

  • Country: Guatemala
  • District: Cobán
  • Farm: Finca Santa Isabel
  • Altitude: 1300 masl
  • Varieties: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon
  • Processing: Washed

“Luis ‘Wicho’ Valdés III is the third-generation producer of Finca Santa Isabel. Located among the rolling hills of the San Cristobal town in Alta Verapaz, Cobán, Wicho cultivates and processes one of Guatemala’s most sought-after coffees.

Luis Valdés I, Wicho’s grandfather, purchased the plot of land now known as Santa Isabel in the 1960s. Wicho’s first memories of coffee consisted of visiting his grandfather at Santa Isabel when he was 10 years old, where he grew coffee and sugarcane. For the past twenty years, he has been producing quality specialty coffee on both of his farms, Santa Isabel and San Lorenzo. He also processes the coffee at Santa Isabel’s mill, which has been in his family since 1985.

Cobán is a coffee-growing region characterised by its humid weather and constant rainfall throughout the year, with an intense rainy season and a light ‘chipi chipi’ rainy season. Wicho uses various methods of drying to adjust to the unpredictable rainy climate of Cobán. His coffee is planted in terraces on the steep areas of the farm, to allow heavy rains to drain and to prevent soil degradation. He also applies organic matter to the soil in the form of coffee pulp and worm-cultured soil.”