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Silver Oak Coffee - Single Estate: Finca Santa Isabel, Guatemala

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A little brighter than our former Guatemalan offerings giving notes of stone fruits such as plum together with citrus and raspberry plus lots of delicious toffee sweetness.
Santa Isabel was first aquired by the Valdes family in 1875 when the land was granted to the family by the then president. It slipped from the family's control briefly following an inheritance but was re-aquired in 1960. Coffee production recommenced in 1965.

The farm is now run by two generations of the Valdes family. With a background in agronomy and a passion for coffee, the family have elevated the growing and processing practices to such an extent that they have placed in the Cup of Excellence program twice in the last decade.

Innovative and painstaking pruning schedules have reduced the farm's exposure to coffee leaf rust and also reduced the need for chemical fertilisers. The climate of this region means that flowering is staggered resulting in multiple passes being made to ensure only the ripest of cherries are picked. Processing is undertaken on the farm and drying takes place using wooden boxes and greenhouses since there are few days when rain does not fall. Mechanical dryers complete the process.

I roast this coffee to a lighter degree than I do pulped naturals to accentuate the fruity notes.

Altitude: 1400-1600m
Farm/Coop: Finca Santa Isabel
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Filter
Origin: Central America/Guatemala - San Cristobal Verapaz town
Owner: Luis Valdes
Process Method: Washed
Roast Profile: Medium light
Tasting Notes: notes of stone fruits such as plum together with citrus and raspberry plus lots of delicious toffee sweetness
Varietals: Catuai and Caturra

When do we roast and post your coffee?

We roast on TUESDAYs and sometimes on Saturdays if stocks are low. We dispatch orders Monday thru Friday by Royal Mail - 1st or 2nd class.

Orders for 1-3 bags are sent Royal Mail 1st Class. Orders for 4-7 bags are sent via a courier.

Delivery prices to United Kingdom


Initial collection: Silver Oak Coffee - Cambridgeshire

Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.