San Lorenzo



We source San Lorenzo, this Guatemalan coffee, through our close partnership with Los Volcanes. They run a wet mill and quality lab in Antigua, Guatemala, which serves as an access point to for farms like San Lorenzo to many specialty coffee roasters throughout the world. The partnerships formed with farms around Guatemala are long lasting, equitable, and rooted in transparency. This coffee, from the cloud forest in Cobán offers sweet, nutty, citrus, stone fruit, and earthy qualities.


The complexity and coordination in achieving good cup quality fascinates us, especially when a farm grows 80 hectares (198 acres) of coffee. When harvest starts, the floodgates open. Coffee doesn’t wait. It needs to be harvested. It needs to be pulped, and it needs to be dried. All of these steps require consistency and precision in order to deliver a good product to the market. These steps define specialty coffee. They require people and teamwork to perform these intense tasks.

Understanding the complexity of coffee farming is important in understanding the quality achieved at San Lorenzo Estate in the Cobán region of Guatemala. The star players that make this coffee stand out are Luis “Wicho” Valdez III and the amazing system and talent of Carolina Franco with Los Volcanes.

Humidity with constant rainfall constitutes Cobán’s climate. This increases the difficulty of processing and maintaining coffee quality. As soon as a coffee is picked, the following stages play a role in removing moisture from the coffee. If done too quickly, the flavor becomes very woody. If done too slowly and with poor management, it becomes moldy, over-fermented, and phenolic. So, Wicho uses multiple approaches to process and dry the coffee from this cloud-blanketed forest farm.



Los Volcanes supports his work with real time feedback from Carolina Franco – a literal and figurative cupping champion. Carolina finished fourth in the world in 2011 and fifth in the world in 2013. To assist with production quality, Carolina provides feedback to Wicho and all the farmers supported by Los Volcanes. This feedback helps farmers improve cup quality as they get further into the harvest. She also catalogues the nuances of the multiple harvests that arrive from the farm in order to build lots that are unique to Cobán.

Specialty coffee, by necessity, is a highly collaborative commodity. The detail and hard work necessary to serve a cup to you is fascinating to us. This is why we love the people we work with and sharing this experience with you. Because when all things align, it is special.



walnut, orange, plum, molasses, earthy

San Cristobal, Cobán
1400 – 1500 MASL
Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, Sarchimor, Obata Tupi
November 2018 – April 2019
Sourcing Partners:
Los Volcanes (exporter), Royal Coffee N.Y. (importer)
San Lorenzo Cut Sheet
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