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GUATEMALA - Santa Clara Geisha/ Washed

$25.00
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Tasting Notes:
Rose, Jasmine, Peach, Tangerine. Great structure. Exclusive

 

Origin Guatemala
Region Antigua
Farm Ricardo Zelaya
Variety Geisha
Altitude 1600-1830 masl
Proc. Method Fully Washed
Awards Cup of Excellence 2001, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018

 

This Geisha-variety micro-lot is from Santa Clara Estate, in Antigua. We have been tasting and buying the Geisha variety from the Zelaya family ever since it came into production around 7 years ago. Each year it improves, and the florals and tropical notes become more distinct. We hope you enjoy it!

ABOUT THE FARM & ZELAYA FAMILY

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 four coffee farms in Antigua; Santa Clara, Puerta Verde, San Agustin and Jauja and also 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 recognises that his people are his most valuable asset “80% of the cost of coffee is labour—you need to depend on a lot of people. I think that if your people are earning a good salary, if they have good conditions and if they’re happy, then they’ll do a better job, and with more will.”

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