Guatemala Antigua Santa Clara 2009-2010


Bean name Guatemala Antigua Santa Clara 2009-2010
Country Guatemala
Region Antigua Valley
Other info Bourbon, Caturra varietals


The Zelaya family has been growing coffee for over 100 years and four generations. This renowned family owns farms throughout Guatemala and grows one of only a handful of genuine 'Antigua' coffees (coffees grown in the Antigua Valley area surrounded by three volcanoes - Agua, Acatenango and Fuego). Finca Santa Clara is located on the fertile southern slopes of the Volcán de Agua in the Antigua Valley at 1,600-1,830 metres. The farm has been managed since 1988 by Ricardo Zelaya, the 4th generation of the Zelaya family to have produced coffee at Santa Clara.

The coffee 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. The water used in the wet processing of the cherries is drained into sedimentation tanks to prevent pollution of the local river systems and the pulp is transformed to humus by worm culture. The water treatment is vitally important in these growing areas, but not common place.

Santa Clara won 3rd place in the first Guatemala Cup of Excellence in 2001. The farm was again recognised amongst the winners at Cup of Excellence in 2009 where it finished in 21st place. Santa Clara is also a founding member of APCA, the "Genuine Antigua Coffee Producers' Association".

The former capital of Guatemala, Antigua, has a big history in coffee too. For many years it was the darling of the specialty world and its beans fetched a high price based on its name alone. But then it seemed to sit back and was suddenly surpassed by other great Guatemalan regions, in a similar to what has happened in the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. However, the Santa Clara farm seems to have continued its hard work, and we are very pleased to see this coffee return to Has Bean for a second year.

In the cup expect floral aromas and tastes, followed by lively acidity, lemonly and zesty. But it's not a one trick pony, this years coffee seems to have a fruit sweetness with layered body that was missing from last years crop. Incredibly clean and a must for the filter and cafetiere. Good for espresso too.
Farm: Santa Clara (Antigua)
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra
Processing: Fully Washed and dried on patio
Altitude: 1,600-1,830 metres
Owner: Zelaya family
City: Antigua
Region: Antigua Valley

Cupping notes

Clean cup 8/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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