Ricardo Zelaya - Santa Clara - Honey
Sweet dates with dried apricot and milk chocolate.
Category - Easy Going (Find out more about our coffee categories here.)
Origin - Guatemala
Farm - Santa Clara
Producer - Ricardo Zelaya
Varietal - Bourboncito
Region - Antigua
Process - Honey
Import Partner - West Coast Coffee Traders
Santa Clara is located on the fertile southern slopes of the Volcán de Agua in the Antigua Valley at 1,600-1,830 metres. Ricardo Zelaya has managed the farm, which was bought in 1974 by his Grandfather, since 1988 and is the 4th generation of the Zelaya family to have produced coffee at Santa Clara. Since taking over the farm, he has increased the size from 17 hectares of coffee plantations up to 95 hectares as well as building a wet mill, drying patios and a greenhouse to improve the processing of the coffee.
The Zelaya family is passionately committed to both quality and sustainability. The family’s farms are scrupulously well-managed right from the careful selection of varietals planted, to the close supervision of the dry and wet mills. 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 and feature sedimentation tanks that prevent pollution of the local river systems.
This lot is a Bourboncito varietal that has been honey processed, the pulp is mechanically removed before being dried with the mucilage attached on raised beds in Ricardo's greenhouse.
We love this coffee on all brew methods.