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Guatemala San Sebastian

The best farm in Antigua and a favorite of our Roastmasters for more than 40 years.
$17.95 / lb.
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  • Flavor Notes
    Cacao-rich, elegant acidity, the very best of Antigua.
  • Flavor Category
    Bright / Citrus / Sweet
  • Roast Level
    Dark
  • Origin
    Americas
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Sku ID #GUA-M
About this coffee

Roast Level

Guatemala San Sebastian
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Brewing Methods

  • Drip
  • Press Pot
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How It Tastes

Cacao-rich, elegant acidity, the very best of Antigua.

History

Nestled between three massive volcanoes at an elevation of 5,000 feet, the Antigua Valley of Guatemala produces arguably the world's finest coffee. Only here does the heirloom variety of Arabica bean known as Borbón 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, both for its quality and care: Finca San Sebastián. Early sun, upper slopes, an abundance of shaded Borbón—everything about this farm is perfect for producing coffee of consistently superlative quality. Environmental stewardship and community support is integral to Finca San Sebastián’s operations. In addition to implementing practices that care for the land and workers, the farm houses and funds a local school that educates more than 100 children each year; we contribute to this work with every pound we purchase.

Worth Noting

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 Sebastián. It achieves the remarkable feat of tasting both potent and refined, with aromatic grace and shades of the best bittersweet chocolate, all while supporting people and the environment.
Giving back

People & Planet

A collection that's dedicated to supporting communities and the environment where our coffees are grown, our People & Planet coffees highlight our decades of providing remarkable quality while caring for farmers and the land.

  • Direct Trade

    Coffees from farmers with whom we have true direct relationships, enabling us to survey the social, environmental, and economic conditions on farms.

  • Farmer Assistance

    A program that assists small farmers with the potential to grow specialty coffee, but who for a variety of reasons lack the skills or means to do so.

  • Certified Coffees

    Evaluating coffees against social, environmental, and economic standards is one way to highlight the care that farmers show in growing and processing coffee.

Perfecting the process

Coffee, 50 Years in the Making

We've learned a lot in 50 years. From tasting coffee three times before the beans even arrive at our roastery, to waking up at 4am to deep-roast each bean by hand, to personally testing every order before it ships —everything we do is committed to bringing you the freshest, fullest flavor in every cup.

Freshness Guarantee

  • Roasted to Order

    Once you place an order, we wake up at 4am to roast your beans in small batches

  • Sealed for Freshness

    Every bag is sealed immediately using our special packaging techniques.

  • Same day Shipping

    No sitting around and no warehousing, your coffee is shipped within 24 hours.

  • Delivered to Your Doorstep

    Check the roast date on your bag. (Spoiler alert: it's really fresh!)

Reviews (13)
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(13)
Bryan
from Orangevale, CA on 8/18/2018. Drinking Peet's since 1986.

Luscious, velvelty, chocolate... amazing.

William Flickinger
from Jamestown , KY on 7/12/2018. Drinking Peet's since 2010.

When Peet's stopped brewing their "101 Blend" we had to do some research to find a replacement. This bean is now our favorite and worth the price. Only Mavis Banks Jamaican Blue Mountain can top this, but why bother? We can buy five pounds of San Sebastián for the price of one pound of Blue Mountain!

Dimitri
from Hartford, CT on 2/28/2018.

No bitterness at all but medium dark and very flavorful. My favorite!

Rob Morse
from Charlotte, NC on 8/16/2017. Drinking Peet's since 2000.

I fell in love with this coffee after the first cup. I got some friends hooked on this one as well. You won't be disappointed if you want to try something new. This has been one of my go to coffees the past couple of years.

Patti Koning
from Dallas, TX on 2/9/2017.

Wow, Guatemala San Sebastian is one delicious coffee. For those who cherish the close relationship between coffee and cacao and prefer their coffee unsweetened, this is your ideal choice. Excellent flavor at any drinking temperature. Cold-brew it in your French press overnight...wake up to pure pleasure.