Guatemala Santa Marta



Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Chemex

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Pour Over

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Guatemala is a country famous for its production of outstanding quality coffee. The combination of high altitude, regular rainfall and mineral rich soils means that 20 of its 22 departments have the conditions needed to grow great coffee. Nearly all of the country’s coffee is shade grown under natural shade trees such as Inga and Gravilleas and it is thought this contributes towards the slow and even development of natural occurring acids, making the overall cup profile extremely complex but well balanced.

Key Stats

Location: Jalapa, South- West GuatemalaAltitude: 1,800 to 2,200 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, PachesOwners: David Rodríguez BatresFlavours: Red Apple | Pomegranate | Orange


It is estimated there are around 125,000 coffee producers in Guatemala taking up around 40 per cent of all arable land in the country. Coffee is therefore an incredibly important export for Guatemala and it is very well marketed by the Government. The abundance of microclimates make it a super interesting origin to work with thanks to the distinctive flavour profiles of the coffees grown there. We have previously worked with the departments of Huehuetenango, Fraijanes and Acatenango – this year our cupping spoons lead us to Jalapa, located in the south-west of the country and perhaps a lesser known producing region.

Santa Marta is located at a staggeringly high 1800 metres above sea level – when David acquired this land there were just 14 hectares in total planted with coffee and he was told he would never be able to produce a significant amount due to the altitude. Over the last few years, his coffee production has grown to now inhabit 45 hectares and he has not only managed to improve the yield of his trees but also the quality. The loamy clay soils and Gravillea shade trees ensure good distribution of nutrients and slow development of his cherries which we think has really added to the sweetness and structure of this cup.

Brew Guides


Grind Setting: Medium (slighter finer than for a Pour Over)Brew Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds - 3 minutesCoffee:Water 16-17g : 250ml
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Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 5 minutesCoffee:Water 65-70g : 1L
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Grind Setting: Very FineBrew Time: 27-29 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 18g : 36-40g
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French Press

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 3 minutesCoffee:Water 14g : 250ml
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Pour Over

Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 1 minute 30 seconds - 2 minutesCoffee:Water 16g : 250ml
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Delivery Details

We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.

If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this will be available the next day from our Roastery premises in Armley and this site is strictly staffed between Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.

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/is ready to collect.

Collection Address: Unit 10, 280 Tong Road, LS12 3BG



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