Origin Story

This lot represents the culmination of a remarkable 10-year reclamation project at Santa Elisa Pachup farm in the Acatenango region of Guatemala. When the owners faced the prospect of renovating 300 hectares of coffee back in 2014, they turned to our friends at Los Volcanes Coffee for help. Los Volcanes financed a staged approach to replanting the farm, committed to purchasing everything it produced, and rebuilt a coffee mill in nearby Antigua damaged in a tropical storm to process the farm’s coffee. In 2018, they established the first Geisha plantation at elevations ranging between 1600 and nearly 1700 meters above sea level. This is the farm’s first Geisha harvest big enough for export, and it is a stunner. Los Volcanes set a little aside for us, and submitted the rest to the Guatemala Cup of Excellence competition, where it took 10th place. We are proud to be the only U.S. roaster to offer this lot.


The Santa Elisa Geisha is a delicate balance of sweet and tangy, with its tropical key lime accent that adds a contrast to a subtle floral aftertaste.

  • Country Guatemala
  • Flavor Profile Caramel + Stone Fruit
  • Variety Geisha

The details

  • Country Guatemala
  • Region Acatenango
  • Elevation Range 1600-1690 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Patio
  • Harvest December 2022-February 2023

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the bean. For our special selection coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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