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Santa Isabel





PRODUCER Luis Valdés of Finca Santa Isabel
REGION Coban, Guatemala
VARIETY Caturra and Catuai
ALTITUDE 1400–1600 meters
TASTES LIKE Stonefruit, cocoa butter, and subtle citrus
SIZE 12 ounces whole bean

Roasted one business day after order.

Located near the town of San Cristóbal Verapaz, in the cool, rainy reaches of Cobán, Guatemala, Finca Santa Isabel is situated on 300 acres of high, but relatively level, fertile land. Santa Isabel was first acquired by Luis Valdes II’s great-grandfather in 1875, when the land was granted to the Valdés family by Guatemala's President; however, the farm was passed out of the hands of the family when it was inherited by a nephew who sold it to a third party. It took time for the farm to return to the Valdés family, who took charge again in 1960 when Luis Valdes I purchased it, bringing it back into the family. He started the coffee plantation in 1965.

Don Luis and his son - also named Luis (nicknamed ‘Wicho’) - manage the farm as general and agricultural manager, respectively. Now Luis IV (9 years old), Wicho’s son and Luis’ grandchild, spends his school holidays at the farm, much as his father did when he was young.

The Coban region is better known for its ecotourism than its coffee, as it is truly a rainforest paradise. But what is great for tourism can be a challenge for specialty coffee production, without the proper innovation and hard work. Luis and Wicho have proven year over year that Coban deserves to be a go-to region for specialty and we are proud to help them spread the word.