Guatemala Santa Isabel Coban
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REGION: San Cristobal Verapaz, Alta Verapaz.
VARIETAL: Caturra, Pache, and Catuai
PROCESS: Fully washed. Sun dried on patios.
ALTITUDE: 1400 – 1600m
Aroma/Fragrance - Jasmine, dried citrus, apricot, floral, tropical.
Flavour - Lychee, syrupy caramel, jasmine, florals, juicy.
Acidity - Nippy orange/ citrus.
Body - Silky, well structured.
Balance - Tea like
Aftertaste - Sticky white sugar and delicate fruit.
Overall Rating - Complex cup with outstanding notes of passionfruit and tropical fruits,
Farm Profile & History
Santa Isabel is located in San Cristobal, Alta Verapaz; a wonderful region with remarkable mountains, rainforest and
impressive flora. It is located in the upper part of Alta Verapaz, very close to Coban, a region that produces strictly
hard bean coffee. The farm altitude is 4500 feet above sea level (1,372 meters) and the annual precipitation is
around 3000 mm. Flowering takes place during April and June, and the harvest season is between December and
April. The farm is a family business that initiated as a coffee plantation in 1875, when Santa Isabel
was granted by the Guatemala´s President, to the great grandfather of the current owners.
The coffee is produced by fourth and fifth generation of Valdes Family.
The coffee farm has 187 hectares of coffee plantation where it produces strictly hard bean
coffee, of different varieties (Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai and Pache). The annual production is
around 2,000 (69 kilo bags) of green coffee, exported to different countries, such as:
Denmark, Germany, Finland, United Kingdom, France, Australia and Italy. In the United States of America the coffee
has been sold to different companies, such as Starbucks & Blue Bottle
In Santa Isabel the coffee growing process is focused in environmental responsibility; they have as reserve a natural
forest, and 100 hectares are a reforestation area planted with pine and cypress. That actions help to preserved
natural water resources in the farm, and to be habitat for different kinds of animals, such as deer, birds and
squirrels. On the other side, we used the pulp of coffee beans as organic fertilizer. As far as quality is concerned, we
take care of every step during the production process since the seed selection to storing final step. The coffee is
handpicked, especially by women and then is processed in an ecological wet mill to reduce the water consumption;
then water is recycled. Coffee beans are dried following two processes: sun dry and, due to climate, also in