Saint Charles. Guatemalan Coffee



Sensory Profile: Forest fruits, lavender notes, sweet as honey, complex raspberry acidity with thick and creamy body

Origin: Guatemala

Producer: Josué de Finca Los Volcanes

Region: Antigua

Altitude: 1,500 - 1,900 meters above sea level

Estate: Nuevo San Carlos

Process: Washing

Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra and Catuai

The producer. Josue

San Carlos is a 16 hectare farm owned by the same producers of Villa Estela and San Ignacio, three historic farms located among the ruins, shops and restaurants of the center of La Antigua, in Guatemala.

Currently, the owner is not managing the farms directly, but he intelligently asked Josué from the Los Volcanes farm so that he would be the one to take care of them.

Josué has been able to extract all the potential from these farms for the production of specialty coffee.

Bourbon over 100 years old

Carlos Durán was the founder of these estates back in 1850 and has passed them on. through his family for different generations until today.

The main varietal found on this estate is Bourbon with ages between 100 and 135 years. These plants have been grown, managed and pruned in such a way and for so long that at a certain height, around the average height of a Guatemalan, they bend and grow towards the ground, with many of their tips now touching the ground.

Thanks to this method, pickers can reach all the cherries without stopping the growth of this precious variety.

The trick to keeping this varietal productive for so long is to alternate the plants harvested each year. The natural cycle of a coffee plant is to produce every two years, but different growing methods can stress the plants so that they produce every year. However, in San Carlos, the plants remain productive and live longer by allowing them to rest naturally each year between production and production.

Additionally, at the end of each season the plants are stripped of every leaf and cherry, which helps keep the old Bourbons healthy and productive through continuous regeneration.

In addition to the centenary Bourbons, the San Carlos estate produces the 40-year-old Caturra and Catuai varietals.

The main shade tree used in San Carlos is Gravilea. Taller shade trees help protect plants from the frosts characterized by Antigua's cool nights while allowing breezes to pass through to maintain a lower level of humidity.

A longer harvest season

An interesting fact about this farm is the length of its harvest season which begins in December, sometime even November and lasts until April, the harvest season of this farm is noticeably longer than those of neighboring coffee farms. Most farms in this region only harvest from January to March. How they manage to achieve this long and lucrative season remains a mystery, which no one around has been able to solve yet.

It is a secret that perhaps Carlos Durán himself, founder of the estate, never revealed....

Saint Charles. Guatemalan Coffee


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Every day from Monday to Friday we prepare orders for our transport agency to pick them up at 2pm. If we have all the coffees you have ordered and they are roasted, we will send them that same day. Otherwise we will do everything possible to get it out the next day. Our transport agency assures us of deliveries in 24-48 hours.
Example 1:
If you place the order on Sunday afternoon. Normally, if we have roasted all the coffees that you have ordered from us, on Monday morning we will prepare all the orders for the weekend and that Monday at 2:00 p.m. your order will already be on its way, in the hands of our agency. On many occasions it will be delivered the next day, Tuesday before 7pm, but on other occasions you will have to wait until Wednesday to receive your order. For your peace of mind, you will normally receive an email with which you can track it.

Example 2) worst case

If you place an order on Friday at noon, the normal thing is that we will not have time to prepare it and that the agency will not be able to pick it up until Monday at 2 p.m., and it may be that, as in example 1) your order will not arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday before 7 p.m.

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If you place your order early on a Tuesday, it is likely (if we have all your coffees roasted) that your order will leave on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and if the agency delivers it to you in less than 24 hours, you will have your coffee on Wednesday before 7:00 p.m.

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FAQ. Frequent questions

What is specialty coffee?

A specialty coffee is characterized by using high-quality beans that are grown in optimal conditions and harvested and processed with care.

This type of coffee is scored by certified cuppers and scores above 80 on the 100-point scale of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).

Although we at Artisan Coffee purchase the vast majority of our coffees above 85 SCA points.

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When the coffee label or information says process: natural, what does it mean?

This information has little to do with what you usually find in supermarkets, and the only information you will have is whether it is natural roasted, blended or roasted (we talk about this below in another question).

When we talk about processes there are basically 3 types:

  1. Natural or Dried: In this method, the coffee fruits are dried in the sun immediately after harvesting, with the cherry still intact. Once dry, the pulp and skin are removed. This process can intensify the sweetness and give a fruity flavor to the coffee.
  2. Washed or Wet: Here, coffee cherries are pulped immediately after harvesting. The grains, still covered with mucilage, are fermented in water to break it down. They are then washed and dried. This method tends to highlight the acidity and flavor characteristics of the grain.
  3. Honey or Miel: This process is an intermediate point between natural and washed. After cherries are stripped of their skin, a layer of mucilage (which is sticky like honey, hence the name) is left around the kernel during drying. This method can result in a coffee with pronounced body and sweetness and mild acidity.

What is the degree of roasting and why is it important?

The degree of roast refers to how much a coffee bean has been roasted. Grades range from light roast, which retains many of the bean's natural flavors, to dark roast, which has a more roasted flavor and less of the bean's original flavors. In specialty coffee, the roast is carefully selected to highlight the unique flavors and characteristics of each bean.

In general, we apply a medium roast to our coffees, except in certain cases when we will apply a medium-low roast so as not to lose those delicate notes that tend to disappear with larger roasts.

We roast each coffee in a completely different way, and in our control tastings we define whether that coffee needs a different roast than the one we have done in order to further enhance its flavor notes.

I don't see in the info if the coffee is natural, blended or roasted?

All our coffees are Arabica and are roasted naturally , and in no case do we use roasting.

We only apply heat and do not add any extra ingredients, like roasting does, which adds sugar.

How does specialty coffee contribute to sustainability and environmental protection?

Many specialty coffee producers practice sustainable growing methods that protect the environment. This may include using shade to protect coffee plants and conserve biodiversity, water conservation through efficient irrigation systems, and composting coffee waste. Additionally, many specialty coffee producers receive a fair price for their product, allowing them to invest in sustainable agricultural practices.

In addition, our coffee bags are part of a CO2 compensation project.

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San Carlos. Café de Guatemala

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