Santa Clara Estate, run by Ricardo Zelaya, a 4th generation coffee farmer, all started in 1908 when Ricardo’s great grandfather decided to start a career in the coffee industry. Santa Clara is located on the southern slopes of the Antigua Valley, which has some of the finest volcanic soils for the cultivation of specialty coffee.
The plantation is under a thorough shade control allowing the coffee trees to get the exact amount of sunlight needed to produce beautiful, aromatic coffees. The coffee is hand picked, processed and washed in a traditional mill with crystal clear water giving the beans a blue-green colour, and after this they are dried on a patio or on African Drying beds.
12 years ago, Ricardo and his family first heard about the Geisha variety and were very intrigued by the hearing of its uniqueness and quality, and were gifted Geisha seeds from a friend, which started Santa Clara's Geisha plantation. The plantation is located, between 1750-1850 masl, as this varietal grows best at high altitude. It is also the fastest variety to mature on the farm.
Of the 500 seeds they began with, and only 15 plants survived; with the right growing conditions these plants have helped create what is now 3 hectares of Geisha at Santa Clara. You will notice, as we did, that this Geisha has a slightly different profile from most other Geishas from Central America, this due to the fact that this coffee originates from Malawi, we love with this coffee for its delicate floral and citrus notes and clean cup and we hope you do too.
A note on roast dates:
Contrary to most coffee myths (based off old information), it's best not to use coffee that is too fresh. For espresso, we recommend using coffee between three days to four weeks old, while filter and drip coffee it's best if the beans are three weeks to twelve weeks from the date of roasting. We offer the option to select coffee that we have set aside to let rest so it's ready to go when you order it (recommended if you plan on using it for drip or filter coffee, while for espresso it's better to order the standard option). Subject to availability.