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San Antonio La Giralda Espresso, Guatemala
San Antonio La Giralda Espresso, Guatemala
San Antonio La Giralda Espresso, Guatemala

San Antonio La Giralda Espresso, Guatemala

$19.00 USD


This Cost of Production Covered (CoPC) coffee brilliantly balances flavors of almond, apricot, spice, and sweet milk chocolate with graceful acidity. The 7 hectare (17 acres) farm, San Antonio La Giralda, was founded in 1985, and has been run by Jose Montenegro since 2014. Located at 1800 meters above sea level (masl) in the Amatitlán growing region, San Antonio La Giralda grows Caturra, Catuaí, and Bourbon plant varieties. After harvesting, the coffee is washed and then fermented for 36 hours. The coffee rests for several months before it is then sent to the dry mill for further processing and packing. As an espresso, Jose's coffee tastes like caramel candy, milk chocolate, and stone fruit. Like the filter roast of this coffee, the espresso roast is balanced, but is more developed and round.






PRODUCER Jose Guillermo Montenegro Luther PLANT VARIETY
Catuaí, Caturra, Bourbon C MARKET AT POSSESSION $1.51/lb
FARM San Antonio La Giralda HARVEST
February-May 2021 COST OF PRODUCTION $3.01/lb
Washed FOB/EXW $3.01/lb/$4.72/lb
Tostaduria de Cafe el Quetzalito FARM GATE NA


This release of Jose's coffee has been years in the making. We were introduced by Cristy Guirola of TerraNegra Coffee Imports about four years ago in Guatemala. We discussed the Cost of Production Covered (CoPC) Project idea, and while we didn't have the capacity to buy Jose's exceptional coffee back then, we were able to in 2020. There were lots of unexpected challenges in 2020, but that year Jose's entire harvest was stolen from the mill that he was storing his coffee in. The mill owners compensated Jose with their own coffee (Lirios de Belén), which we purchased from Jose. This year we have the privilege of roasting his coffee that is expertly grown and harvested at San Antonio La Giralda. This harvest is CoPC, meaning Jose received a price that factored in a 30% gross margin on his cost of production (i.e., this project ensured that he profited from the sale of his coffee!). This collaboration wouldn't be possible without Cristy. Her support of the project (e.g., her work in translating our CoPC questionnaire to gather cost of production data, countless brainstorming sessions, etc.) and for pricing transparency keeps us motivated and hopeful for the future of coffee.


There are countless influential variables and industry professionals that influence the quality of coffee before it reaches the coffee cup, and the last step to reap the benefits of this tremendous work takes place when it’s brewed.

Before talking about how this coffee brews best, let’s review some brewing basics:

  1. Dose is the amount of coffee we use (measured in grams). If you don’t have access to a digital scale, know that 1 tablespoon is equivalent to 6-8 grams of wholebean coffee.

  2. Water Input is the weight of the water we use (measured in grams) to brew with.

    * We suggest a coffee to brew water ratio of 1:16 to 1:17 for filter coffee. For example, if you’re using 15g of coffee and 250g water, your brew ratio is 1:16.67. 

  3. Burr grinders will give you a more consistent Grind Size, and you’ll be able to repeat the same grind size twice. It’s best to grind your coffee right before brewing, because grinding your coffee too far in advance accelerates the aging process of your roasted coffee. Remember that the finer you grind, the more you extract.

  4. Brew Time is the amount of time the water and coffee interact together. The longer you brew something for, the more you extract.

  5. We recommend Brew Water Temperature between 200°F and 205°F. If you are using a kettle on the stove, bring the water to a boil and wait 30-45 seconds off boil before using the water to brew. The hotter your brewing water is, the faster you can extract coffee.

Brew Ratio: We recommend a 1:16.5 brew ratio for this coffee.

Grind: We grind this coffee on a 6.5-7 (on a scale of 1-9, 9 being the most coarse) for flat bottom filter.

Total Brew Time: We brew this coffee for 4:30 to 5:30 minutes for flat bottom filter.