Guatemala – Louis Valdés III


Immerse yourself in the sensory journey of Finca Santa Isabel’s single-origin coffee, meticulously cultivated by Luis “Wicho” Valdés III in the lush region of Alta Verapaz, Cobán, Guatemala. This exquisite coffee, a pure expression of the Caturra and Villa Sarchi varietals, unveils a symphony of vibrant sweet orange and delicate floral notes, underscored by a distinctive tea-like mouthfeel. Each sip reveals a zestful lime and berry sweetness, reflecting the rich heritage and innovative spirit of Wicho’s legacy.

We invite you to explore the essence of Guatemala, celebrating tradition and quality in every cup.

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Producer: Louis Valdés III, Finca Santa Isabel

Region: Alta Verapaz, Cobán, Guatemala

Varietal: Caturra & Villa Sachi

Process: Washed

Altitude: 1400-1500 masl

Tasting Notes: Sweet Orange, Floral, Teal-like mouthfeel, Lime with Berry Sweetness

SCA Score: 86.5

Importers: And Sons


The Story of Wicho and Santa Isabel:


Luis “Wicho” Valdés III, a visionary and the fifth-generation producer at Finca Santa Isabel, stands at the forefront of cultivating some of Guatemala’s most distinguished coffees. Nestled within the unique, mountainous region of Alta Verapaz, Cobán, the 300-hectare Santa Isabel Estate thrives under Wicho’s stewardship. The estate’s rich history, dating back to 1875, is complemented by its cool climate, dense rainforest, and the high rainfall typical of this coffee-growing haven.


Wicho, inheriting a legacy that began with his family’s acquisition of the land in the 1960s, has dedicated the past twenty years to refining the art of coffee production. His expertise extends across two farms, Santa Isabel and San Lorenzo, where he grows coffee and processes it at the Santa Isabel mill—a testament to his family’s enduring connection to these lands since 1985.


Under Wicho’s watchful eye, the Santa Isabel Estate has become a sustainable, high-quality coffee production model. He is relentlessly pursuing farm improvements to enhance coffee quality while preserving the natural environment. His latest venture into using natural microorganisms to treat coffee trees is a bold step towards eliminating pesticide use and reducing fungicide reliance, showcasing his commitment to eco-friendly farming practices.


The culmination of Wicho’s meticulous efforts is a unique selection of coffee from Santa Isabel. The sweetest and most floral beans are selected and combined through a rigorous cupping process for each day-lot. This process results in a vibrant and complex coffee embodying Santa Isabel’s rich heritage and Wicho’s innovative spirit.


Since 2011, the partnership between Wicho and his buyers has flourished, grounded in a mutual appreciation for the exceptional quality of coffee at Santa Isabel. This enduring relationship is a testament to Wicho’s dedication and the distinct, lush landscape of Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz department, yielding a coffee experience unlike any other.


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Weight250 g
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