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Zoom Guatemala Finca La Bolsa Natural
Zoom Guatemala Finca La Bolsa Natural

Guatemala Finca La Bolsa Natural

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Another stunning lot from the Vides family in Huehue. This time, a bold natural processed coffee with rich and syrupy notes of fruit cake, dried cherry and black grape.

Expect : Fruit Cake, Dried Cherry, Black Grape
Enjoy : With or Without Milk
Process : Natural

Location: La Libertad, Huehuetenango, Western Highlands
Altitude: 1,400 to 1,600 metres above sea level
Preparation: Natural
Varietal: Bourbon & Caturra
Owners: Renardo Vides
Flavours: Dried Fruit, Dried Cherry, Black Grape

Suited for : Aeropress, Chemex, Espresso, French Press, Pour Over
Enjoy : With or Without Milk

Aeropress
Grind Setting: Medium (slighter finer than for a Pour Over)
Brew Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds - 3 minutes
Coffee:Water 16-17g : 250ml

Espresso
Grind Setting: Very Fine
Brew Time: 27-29 seconds
Dose:Brewed Weight 18g : 36-40g

French Press
Grind Setting: Coarse
Brew Time: 3 minutes
Coffee:Water 14g : 250ml

Stove Top
Grind Setting: Fine (slightly coarser than for espresso, finer than an Aeropress)
Brew Time: Dependent on size and heating source
Coffee:Water 22g : 250ml (though dependent on size of Stove Top)

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Guatemala Finca La Bolsa Natural

Finca La Bolsa isn’t just your run of the mill coffee farm, it’s a large extended coffee family! Our relationship with 3rd generation producers, Vides 58, is one of our longest and most cherished – our offer list just wouldn’t be the same without a beautiful washed and funky natural lot from this little coffee paradise over the course of the year. The farm has been in existence since 1958 and is the brainchild of Jorge Vides, a distinguished medical professional whose hobby for coffee cultivation turned into something much more meaningful. La Bolsa stands for ‘handbag’ and is aptly named due to its position nestled between two mountains, which provide a very stable, humid microclimate. This combined with the limestone rich soils give the coffee trees all they require to produce cups of great quality with the perfect balance of acidity and body.

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This Coffee's Story

Finca La Bolsa isn’t just your run of the mill coffee farm, it’s a large extended coffee family! Our relationship with 3rd generation producers, Vides 58, is one of our longest and most cherished. Our offer list just wouldn’t be the same without a beautiful washed and funky natural lot from this little coffee paradise over the course of the year. The farm has been in existence since 1958 and is the brainchild of Jorge Vides, a distinguished medical professional whose hobby for coffee cultivation turned into something much more meaningful. La Bolsa stands for ‘handbag’ and is aptly named due to its position nestled between two mountains, which provide a very stable, humid microclimate. This combined with the limestone rich soils give the coffee trees all they require to produce cups of great quality with the perfect balance of acidity and body.

La Bolsa is a place where social, agricultural and environmental aspects of farming are a key focus of plantation management, ensuring sustainable practices are front and centre throughout every stage of production. By design, the farm is more than just a place of work. It is an important hub for not only it’s workers but for the whole community, providing work, education and healthcare to the region. We had the pleasure of visiting the vibrant and colourful on-site school during a trip where we learned all about the curriculum and the various initiatives available to the children from their fully qualified, full-time teachers. As well as academia, the school has also made Associate Coffee Care available to it’s students, a project that seeks to reduce child labour and improve quality of life for coffee pickers and their families. Students aged between 2-14 years old have access to nutritional advice and are taught valuable life skills that have been designed to aid them in everyday life and improve general health.

The farm is rainforest alliance certified but in essence it is so much more. With each visit we have been so very impressed by the fertility of the land, general health of the crops, organisation on the farm and commitment to the conservation of the ecosystem that is being both farmed and lived in. This is testament to the skilled agronomists and dedicated workers on site who enforce good agronomic practices which align with and in most cases surpass Rainforest Alliance standards.

Expect a rich and jammy brew from an approachable natural that shines when brewed as either espresso or immersion filter methods such as the French Press. Enjoyable with or without milk. We are finding sweet and sticky notes of fruit cake, dried cherry and black grape.

Learn more about Finca La Bolsa by reading the blog that documented James and Ollie’s last visit back in 2019.

Shipping Info

Delivery Times

Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched. We are currently operating with 3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. 

Royal Mail 2nd class tracked postage is included for orders over £25. Orders under £25 will add £4.10 for 2nd class tracked postage. Alternatively, you have the option to include 1st class tracked postage for £5.

Local Pick Ups

Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm – just ring the doorbell on arrival

Packaging Info

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1kg Recyclable LDPE 4

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Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

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Mark Rowell
My favourite coffee

This has become my favourite bean. The smell and flavour this produces is unique. This gives interesting flavours to any coffee based drink. The natural bean is my favourite over the washed version.

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Terence
One of the best coffees I've had

I don't usually write reviews but this coffee is great, it's like a desert if you brew it properly, I am using a relatively cheap (Sage) espresso machine and it's just great, well worth the money, will be buying again
Ps Heather should read the location.

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Heather Park
A taste of change

This Brazilian coffee has a characterful taste and not quite a robust as some of the others we drink. However it offers a range of flavours especially as it cools a little. We drink it without milk using a cafetiere. We bought whole beans so can grind it as we need it which is an added pleasure as the aroma in our kitchen is lovely. Another excellent offering from North Star

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