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Finca San Lorenzo is a family run farm near the town of San Cristobal Verapaz in the Coban region of Guatemala. It is owned and run by Luis Valdes II, with the assistance of his son, Luis Valdes III. 5 year old Luis Valdes IV is already being prepared to get involved in the family business when he is older.
San Lorenzo is The Valdes family's second or 'little brother' farm; you may well remember coffees we've enjoyed in recent years from their main farm, Santa Isabel. While only purchased in 1987, the Valdes family have planted 20 different coffee plots on the San Lorenzo farm, where they have brought their multi-generational experience to bear on the 110 hectares of land.
Coffees from San Lorenzo undergo a 2-stage drying process after the coffee has been washed and the mucilage has been removed. The coffee is first dried for a day until it reaches 30% humidity and then moved to guardiolas where the drying process is completed. Once a constant 15% humidity is reached the parchment is rested for 21 days. This strict scheduling and meticulous processing contributes to the quality of the coffees in the cup.
Phaedon's tasting notes
When I recently cupped this coffee, I didn't actually know it hailed from Santa Isabel's sibling farm. It all made sense once I read more about the coffee, as many of the characteristics remind me of coffees from Santa Isabel that I've had the privilege to drink over the years.
It's subtle and elegant, perhaps even a little understated. Its acidity is relatively muted, but yet it has quite a bit of complexity to enjoy and different flavours to discern. The body is quite creamy, and there's a delicate toasted nut note that I picked up that reminded me of hazelnut specifically. There's also some subtle stone fruit and perhaps something a little bit brighter in there.
I haven't yet had a chance to try this coffee in all the different brew methods, but I'm expecting great things and new flavour discoveries.
- Flavour: Bittersweet chocolate, ripe mango, raspberry
- Body: Full, velvety, mouth-coating
- Roast: Medium-light
- Acidity: Well-balanced, apple
- Brewing: Siphon, AeroPress, pourover, plunger, espresso + milk-based espresso
- Farm: San Lorenzo
- Owner: Valdes Family
- Varietals: Caturra, Catuai & Sarchimor
Processing: Fully washed & sun-dried or dried in guardiolas
- Altitude: 1,550 masl
- Town: San Cristóbal, Alta Verapaz
- Region: Cobán
- Country: Guatemala