Guatemala Finca La Bolsa Encuentros Micro Lot


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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Chemex

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Pour Over

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We were extremely privileged to visit this beautiful farm earlier this year – La Bolsa means ‘handbag’ and was named so as it is nestled between two mountains, which provide a very stable, humid micro climate. This combined with the limestone rich soils give the coffee a very unique profile, with a rich syrupy body and plenty of complexity.

Bold and rich this coffee is syrupy in character with a coating mouthfeel and notes of sticky fig, red cherry, orange and caramel.

Key Stats

Location: La Libertad, Huehuetenango, Western HighlandsAltitude: 1,500 to 1,600 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: Bourbon, CaturraOwners: Maria VidesFlavours: Red Cherry | Caramel | Orange


Finca La Bolsa was bought by Jorge Vides, a distinguished medical professional, in 1958. It achieved fame in specialty circles for placing in the country’s Cup of Excellence competition placing 2nd in 2002.

The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified and has a school and nursery on site with fully trained, full time teachers. All of the temporary and permanent staff have access to schooling for their children, and they are incentivised to leave their children at school or nursery through food donations. When a child attends school or nursery for 5 consecutive days they receive a weekly supply of rice, beans and corn. We were struck with the approach enforced by the farm owners here who are the driving force behind the farm even though they are well into their eighties!

As a result there are no children working on the farm, and the school and nursery classes are full. Accommodation is provided for both permanent and temporary workers, with separate facilities for men and women. Sections of the farm are also reserved areas to promote biodiversity, reduce exposure to winds and soil erosion. This micro lot has been grown under the shade of Inga trees which has contributed towards a slower ripening of the cherries therefore increasing complexity of the overall cup profile.

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 should be ready in our customer collection point in the North Star Coffee Shop and General Store by 5pm the day after you have placed your order. Opening hours can be viewed here along with information on parking and location. 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.



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