Santa Clara Estate

Santa Clara Estate

Country: GUATEMALA
City: Antigua
Altitude: 1,600-1,830m
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra
Processing: Fully Washed and dried on raised beds
Owner: Zelaya family

Ricardo Zelaya is passionately committed to both quality and sustainability. His farms are scrupulously well-managed – from the careful selection of varietals planted, to the close supervision of the dry and wet mills – both of which are located on the property and owned by Ricardo, giving him complete control over quality from picking through to export. His family has been farming coffee for over one hundred years.

Ricardo is passionately committed to both quality and sustainability. His farms are scrupulously well-managed – from the careful selection of varietals planted, to the close supervision of the dry and wet mills – both of which are located on the property and owned by Ricardo, giving him complete control over quality from picking through to export.

Ricardo continuously strives to improve what he is doing and raise the bar of quality. He produces micro lots according to variety and processing method (they do honey and natural processing as well as fully washed coffees, such as this lot). In recent years, Ricardo has been very focused on improving his processing techniques and infrastructure. In his wet mill he has recently installed tiled tanks and channels to process coffee, ensuring that all surfaces can be kept extra clean. He has also (quite remarkably) just built an incredible dry mill on the property that was only just finished in February this year! In addition he has upgraded all of his drying facilities to ensure that the beans can be dried on raised beds.