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Guatemala San Sebastian

Item No. GUA-M

Available: Peet's Store

Price:   per lb. $16.95
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The best farm in Antigua and a favorite of our Roastmasters for more than 40 years.

Flavor Notes

Balanced and refined, yet tantalizingly complex. Hints of bittersweet chocolate.

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About this coffee


Coffee Story

Nestled between three massive volcanoes at an elevation of 5,000 feet, the Antigua Valley of Guatemala produces arguably the world's very finest coffee. Only here does the heirloom variety of Arabica bean known as Bourbon develop such a sublimely sweet coffee fruit, with the dry climate stressing trees just enough to give the beans their tantalizingly complex flavors. Among coffee appellations, Antigua is perhaps the best of the best.

One estate in this renowned region stands out above all others: Finca San Sebastian. Early sun, upper slopes, an abundance of shaded Bourbon — everything about this farm is perfect for producing coffee of consistently superlative quality. That's why we've been roasting the Falla family's beans for over 40 years, and why their coffee has been a favorite in our tasting room since the first sip. We buy beans from many of the great Antigua farms, and they shine in our most superb blends. But our single-origin offering could only be San Sebastian.

Peet's Guatemala San Sebastian achieves the remarkable feat of tasting both potent and refined, with aromatic grace and shades of the best bittersweet chocolate. A coffee aristocrat.

Customer Reviews
  • Paul Lindstedt , drinking Peet's since 1989 11/7/15
  • Currently living in Moldova, CA

I had been faithfully drinking Major Dickinson's for years but bought a sampler package with several different blends to try. When I took my first sip of Guatemala San Sebastian, I was converted on the spot! Such a rich, smooth cup of coffee, with amazing depth and flavor. No bitter aftertaste. Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.

  • Dale , drinking Peet's since 2009 10/9/13
  • Auburn, CA

This is by far in my opinion the very best coffee in the World. I'm picky about my coffee, and have drank a lot of it from all over our great land. This coffee never changes in it's constancy. Be warned's addicting..;-}

  • Gaye Pietrocola , drinking Peet's since 2006 6/6/13
  • Nofolk, VA

This coffee is my all time favorite here. It never disappoints me.

  • Cari 11/14/12

We generally avoid Latin American coffees, so this one was a pleasant surprise that is fast becoming one of our favorites. It has a complex earthy flavor that is reminiscent of African varietals, with true chocolate overtones. Delicious and affordable.

  • Ken Morrogh , drinking Peet's since 2010 10/28/12
  • New Iberia, LA

I have been drinking varietal coffes for many years now. When I switched to Peet's as my supplier, I tried different beans and one has always stood out as the one the fit my taste... San Sebastian. I've always favored Central American beans and SAn Sebastian is the best.

  • Traci & Mike Cerna , drinking Peet's since 2008 7/18/11
  • Austin, TX

Love love love this coffee! It is smooth, complex, and with a soft chocolatelyness. The aroma alone is enough to get you out of bed. We just took it on a family trip and everyone raved about how good it was.

Employee Reviews
  • Eva , drinking Peet's since 2008 8/25/10
  • Customer Service
  • Home Office
  • Home Office, CA

This coffee is my summer favorite. The soft chocolate notes are so comforting and delicious that I always go for a second cup. I usually drink the Arabian Mocha Java in the colder months and really enjoy it's very full body and smooth finish, but in the warmer months the Guatemala''s liveliness is just perfect! I savor this coffee.

  • CHRISTOPHER 4/12/06
  • San Francisco, CA

What an extraordinary coffee. The overtones of spice and chocolate are so yummy in the finish. Combined with the very lively acidity (effervescence), it's truly a coffee & cholcalte lovers delight

  • Lynn 4/11/06
  • Roasting Plan
  • Roasting Plan, CA

Antigua...the very name conjures up charm..the perfect village to soak up Spanish language and the lively acidity, smoothness and full rounded flavor of their Guatemala that finishes with a bitter-sweet chocolate.

  • Amanda Conrad 4/11/06
  • customer service rep
  • Roasting Plant
  • Roasting Plant, CA

I love Guatemala for its perfect blend of richness and subtlety. This beautifully balanced coffee travels in "waves" of flavor over the tongue: first, a delicate but lively acidity; next, a smooth, sumptuous sweetness; and, finally, a smooth, slightly dry finish that hints of chocolate. One of the few coffees I can think of that is equally good for breakfast and after-dinner dessert.

  • Willow and Sam 8/16/05
  • Sales/Barista
  • Portland, Brewery Blocks,OR,USA
  • Portland, OR

This full-bodied coffee has a lively acidity, a dry and slightly bittersweet note followed by floral and citrusy flavors. Its citrus quality leads right into a "wet", clean finish.

  • Steve Nobles 11/6/01
  • Store Employee
  • Portland
  • Portland

Deep and smooth, with good acidity that's sweet and fruity. Chocolate undertones, hints of woodiness in the finish.

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