Guatemala Santa Clara is the type of single origin with so many distinct and solid flavours that you'd think it was made up of multiple different coffees and it was it's own blend. This coffee has won many awards for a reason and we absolutely love it.
Tasting notes: Almond nougat, golden sultana, red apple and milk chocolate. Sweet and creamy, with great weight and balance.
Recommended espresso recipe:
- Dose: 20-22g ground coffee
- Yield: 42-48g extracted coffee
- Time: 26-32 seconds
Farm size: 90 Hectares
Elevation: 1,600-1,830m above sea level
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra
Processing: Fully Washed
Owner: Zelaya family
Awards: Cup of Excellence 2001, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018
The Zelaya family has been growing coffee for more than 100 years. This renowned family owns farms throughout Guatemala and grows some of only a handful of genuine ‘Antigua’ coffees (coffees grown in the Antigua valley area, bounded by three volcanoes: Agua, Acatenango and Fuego).
Finca Santa Clara is ninety hectares in size and is located on the fertile southern slopes of the Volcán de Agua, in the Antigua Valley, at 1,600–1,830 metres above sea level. The farm has been managed since 1988 by Ricardo Zelaya, the fourth generation of the Zelaya family to have produced coffee at Santa Clara.
Ricardo is a meticulous and incredibly professional farmer who is focused on producing the very best coffee he can. He manages three coffee farms in Antigua, Santa Clara Hacienda Carmona and Puerta Verde, and owns and manages a farm called Carrizal in New Oriente. His farms are scrupulously well-managed—from the careful selection of varietals planted and attention given to plant nutrition and pruning, to the management and close supervision of the wet and dry mills – which are located on the estate and owned by Ricardo, giving him complete control over quality from picking through to export.
Ricardo is passionate about sustainability. Coffee on his farms is shade-grown, which protects the plants from direct sunlight, maintains soil health, and provides an important habitat for birds and insect life. The family’s mills are also eco-friendly and feature sedimentation tanks that prevent pollution of the local river systems. All of the pulp from the mills is composted and used as an organic fertiliser for the farm. In addition, parchment from the dry mill is used for fuel to reduce the reliance on wood.
Ricardo's done it again!
I've been drinking this coffee from Guatemala for years and Brill roast this to perfection. Love it.
Have been loving the freeze dried but Brill’s beans are next level. Delivered a day after roasting…. Super fresh. Will be back for more!