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Guatemala Finca La Bolsa Washed

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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Chemex

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Pour Over

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About

As of Friday 16th October, our pricing for our online coffee has been updated. Click here to read why. 

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 ACHIEVING 2ND PLACE IN 2002.

We have had the pleasure of visiting this magical farm twice now with Ollie and James spending some time there last year! This year’s washed lot is super balanced with beautiful notes of dark chocolate, cherry and pecan – there are hints of dried cranberry and marzipan too making this a super indulgent cup suited to both espresso and filter, with or without milk.

Key Stats

Location: La Libertad, Huehuetenango, Western highlands of GuatemalaAltitude: 1,500 to 1,600 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Owners: Jorge VidesFlavours: Dark Chocolate | Cherry | Pecan

Details

La Bolsa means ‘handbag’ and was named so as it is 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. 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. The farm has developed such a great offering for its workers that some of them have returned for the last two decades or more which is amazing to see. This lot has been attentively picked from the El Cabro sector of the farm before being delivered to the on-site wet mill where the cherries are pulped, fermented and washed before drying in covered parabolic raised beds. The resulting cup profile is one that is super balanced with beautiful notes of dark chocolate, cherry and pecan – there are hints of dried cranberry and marzipan too making this a super indulgent cup suited to both espresso and filter, with or without milk.

Brew Guides

Aeropress

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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Chemex

Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 5 minutesCoffee:Water 65-70g : 1L
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Espresso

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

Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road, please note we are still operating social distancing so ring the doorbell when you arrive and we can pass your order through the door. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂

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 a 2-3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. If you have ordered a Nova Bakehouse cookie kit, this will be posted on the next available Wednesday along with any other items you have ordered. 

Thanks in advance for your understanding, it is much appreciated in these challenging times!

 

 

Customer Reviews

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T.O.

Easy and most efficient delivery. Thank you , recipient delighted 😀I asked for specific date which was honoured , well done team...I sent 3 different blends and all are delicious. Will definitely come back!

J
J.W.
Current fave

Perfect for stove top - chocolate-y smooth wonderfully creamy with splash of oat milk and frothed milk stirred through

R
R.E.
delicious!

After a little while of a cheaper coffee from else where, this was a welcome delight. I've looked elsewhere for coffee, but the fact this is local, comes in recyclable packaging and tastes amazing means this is where I get my coffee from now all the time!

M
M.S.

Guatemala Finca La Bolsa Washed

R
R.B.
Cup of the moment

This is my current favourite from the great team at North Star . Lovely tasting cup of goodness 😀