Guatemala Acatenango Finca San Diego Buena Vista

Guatemala Acatenango Finca San Diego Buena Vista

Farm Description

Acatenango is one of the under appreciated growing regions of Guatemala. It has always been overshadowed by nearby Antigua, and in fact many Acatenango coffees were sold as Antigua lots for many years. In mill-mark Antiguas, this is still the case, since farmers who sell cherries or the collectors who round it up and bring it to the mill rarely respect such boundaries. But Acatenango coffees come from some of the most beautiful farms I have seen in Guatemala, and San Diego Buena Vista is a case in point. I have visited this farm and was impressed with their practices, the way they have separated all the cultivars on the farm, and the beautiful condition of the mill. When I was there, all the harvest was in, and they were reconditioning the mill, replacing bearings, cleaning and painting. Reinvestment and pride are always good signs at a mill! Cleanliness doesn't hurt either, and the SDBV mill, while quite old, was beautiful, even down to the flowers rimming the office alongside the drying patio.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

San Diego Buena Vista has a balanced and well-structured flavor profile that makes for a 'classic' Guatemalan coffee working exceptionally well for espresso too. The dry fragrance of the SDVB has a restrained raw sugar smell in the sweetness, with baking spice and nut notes, smells that build a bit of momentum after adding hot water. The aroma of City+ roasts show a sweet mix of raisin and brown sugar, a sprinkling of cinnamon powder, and a hint of dried apple. The cup is great in the middle roast range, clean expressions of dark sugar and almond, spiced cinnamon and vanilla essence notes in the aftertaste. Full City ushers in high % cacao bar flavors, slightly fruited and with a pleasant bittering touch. There's a great relationship between sweetness and bittersweetness, striking impressive balance in the cup. A mild citrus element comes up as the cup cools down in temperature, and black tea and candied walnut tones shadow the long aftertaste. San Diego Buena Vista excels as espresso - dark cacao, candied nut, and light citrus oil with Full City and Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">Full City+ roasting.



Lot Size

233 x 46 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City+. C+ is my preferred starting point for big sweetness, and FC to FC+ makes great SO espresso as well!


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

SHB EP, .4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen


Shipped to us in GrainPro
Bookmark and Share
This coffee has sold out. The review is provided for reference purposes only.

Coffee flower at Finca San Diego Buena Vista, Acatenango

A view of Acatenango town, not far from Ciudad Vieja aka Antigua.

Old Bourbon coffee trees and their thick trunks, at SDBV

New crop coffee flowering on the tree at SDBV

Further Green Coffee Offerings

Guatemala Xinabajul Santa Barbara

This small producer blend has a profile of candied sugar and soft spice notes, with heavy cacao/chocolate bittersweetness as you pass the middle roast range. Grinding this coffee produces a sweet...

Kenya Mathira Ngandu AB

Toffee sweet smells are released after grinding City roasts of Ngandu, as well as a sweet cherry smell thats more like a cherry flavored drink than the fruit itself. Fruit jam suggestions come...

Brazil Dry Process Sítio Niquinho

Sítio Niquinho stood out as a fruit-forward Brazil when put on the cupping table with the other arrivals. It was not alone, but when tasted in context with pulp natural offerings from some of the...