Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez
Finca Santa Clara is located on the south slope of the Valley of Antigua between 1550 and 1830 meters above sea level (5100 to 6000 ft) and is privileged to have one of the finest volcanic soils which is very adequate for cultivating special coffees. For that same reason, conservation of its natural resources is a priority for its owners.
The plantation is under strict shade-management control allowing the coffee plants to receive the correct amount of sunlight required to produce this fine, exquisite and aromatic coffee.
The varieties grown in Santa Clara are Bourbon and Caturra. The fruits are picked by hand and washed and processed in a traditional wet mill with crystalline water. Then they are patiently sun dried for several days in concrete patios, giving each bean its distinctive blue green color.
This sun dried coffee has the highest quality standards in the Antigua zone. Each step of the process is constantly monitored to maintain the quality. When the coffee is dry, samples are taken and it is cupped by two expert cuppers to assure our clients of the quality of our coffee.
Since 1988 the farm has been managed by Ricardo Zelaya, who is a member of the fourth generation of the Zelaya family who produces coffee from this farm.