Guatemala San Diego Buena Vista SWP Decaf

Guatemala San Diego Buena Vista SWP Decaf

Farm Description

We've moved toward having the majority of our decaf coffee "custom" from Swiss Water. They're a breath of fresh air compared to much of the stale tasting, past crop, decafs we've tasted elsewhere. This coffee from Finca San Diego Buena Vista landed a few months ago, and so decaf'd while cupping oh so fresh, which makes a huge difference in the resulting decaf cup. And we also know a lot about where the coffee comes from, which is a plus. San Diego Buena Vista is located in Acatenango, a stones throw away from Antigua. This particular farm is quite beautiful, they have separated all the cultivars on the farm, and the mill is kept up very well, and in beautiful condition. 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. Water process decaf means no chemicals are used, only water to swell the beans, separate caffeine, leaving much of the volatile compounds that affect aroma and taste intact.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

This decaf version of San Diego Buena Vista ("SDBV") shows classic balance of a washed Guatemalan coffee. A mild cup all around, with the robust sweetness inherent to this coffee, SDBV brews well at a wide range of roasts, and is a great option for decaf espresso too (or a sweet base for espresso blending). The dry fragrance at City roast level has a smell of brown sugar on toast, a touch of rye malt in the background. City+/Full City roasts have a dark bittersweetness in the wet aroma, like burned sugar and Dutch cocoa powder. I was really taken aback by the level of sweetness in the cup, especially considering I tasted next to a non-decaf Huehuetenango coffee. Acidity is muted in comparison, a common affect post-decaffeination, but not lost altogether. And the sweetness is like brown sugar, barley malt syrup, and with a grainy chocolate flavor that reminds me of chocolate stout. Full City has impressive body, still loads of bittersweetness, and a hint of cinnamon powder in the finish. Espresso shots show long and layered chocolate bittersweetness and viscous mouthfeel, and you'd be hard pressed to guess this is decaf at all.

November 2017 Arrival



Lot Size

46 x 60 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City+


Wet Process, then SWP Decaf



Grade & Appearance

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


Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Finca San Diego Buena Vista nursery

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

Old Bourbon coffee trees and their thick trunks, at SDBV

Ripe cherry at SDBV

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