Guatemalan Café Pulcal from Hacienda Carmona, Antigua coffee (FW) – roasted at Quaffee Vineyard

Guatemalan Café Pulcal from Hacienda Carmona, Antigua coffee. An APAC certified fully washed Antigua coffee. A washed coffee that is caramel, spice and coca notes.

Please note that since this coffee is roasted at the roastery based at the Vineyard Hotel a delay of 2 working days is typical before we dispatch/deliver this coffee. View our standard delivery days.

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Café Pulcal from Hacienda Carmona, Antigua, Guatemala, sourced via Sevenoaks.


Guatemala is a country that has rich volcanic and very fertile soils. While originally bananas were popular, coffee has always been a player in the region. Probably the most famous coffee area in Guatemala is the area of Antigua, this coffee comes from a certified Antigua producer.

Antigua Certified

The area of Antigua, in Guatemala, is a trademark area in coffee. Producers that are part of the area, have their own association called APAC. If you visit the APAC website they state:

“The reputation for high-quality coffee from Antigua is the basis upon which the country has built its magnificent repute for coffee from Guatemala. It’s been considered the best coffee in the country for over a hundred years and, most likely, is considered among the best in the world.

“Nevertheless, it wasn’t until 2000 that 34 local producers came together to create the Genuine Antigua Coffee Growers Association (APCA). Their objective was to protect the name ANTIGUA. This name provides denomination of origin to the coffee, as well as guaranteeing the quality and, most importantly, maintaining the standards that have shaped the worldwide reputation of Guatemala’s best coffee, Antigua coffee.”

Antigua is located strategically between three main volcanoes. This has the result of rich and perfect coffee growing conditions. The volcanoes are Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. Fuego is an active volcano that is always smoking and erupts with some frequency. The area around Antigua has varied and abundant natural fauna and flora. Antigua, Guatemala is one of the best preserved historic cities in Spanish America, found in the region there are ruins from the Mayan past.

The climate in Antigua is temperate throughout the year with steady moisture and cool nights. The fact that there are no extreme variations between the wet and dry seasons makes this a perfect area to grow coffee.

Hacienda Carmona History

Hacienda Carmona is a well-known farm run by Maria Zelaya. Her farm (Hacienda) is based in the highlands of Sacatepequez in Antigua. Maria Zelaya takes special pride in her coffee, dairy cows, flowers, coffee mill, and just about everything at Carmona. Maria Zelaya, a third-generation coffee farmer, currently owns and operates the wet mill too.

The farmhouse dates from the Spanish colonial period but coffee was planted much later after the farm was purchased by the Zelaya family at the end of the 18th century. Maria Zelaya Aguirre has been running the farm since 1959. Luis Pedro Zelaya manages all aspects of coffee cultivation, harvesting and processing. The coffee from the farm sold under the name of Café Pulcal. Moreover, it is processed and washed in a traditional manner, using crystal clear spring water from the mountains. Once the desired moisture level is reached, and orders place it is milled on the farm.

Hacienda Carmona won cup of excellence in 2010

Café Pulcal

This coffee restored our faith in Antigua coffees. Its rich body feel and great complexity makes it a real winner and probably the first specialty grade coffee we have had from this region.

Farm / Region: Hacienda Camona, Antigua, Guatemala
Total Farm Area: 105 Hectares.
Harvest: Main crop: December – April (2018).
Processing: Washed, dried and milled on the farm
Altitude: 1,600 – 2,000 masl
Brand: Café Pulcal
Packaging: GrainPro in hessian
Cultivars: Arabica Typica, Bourbon
Characteristics: A four-star complexity coffee with caramel, cocoa and spice notes.
Roast used: Intense flame to start, with a gentle decrease to assist decreasing ramp rate, then acceleration into first crack, when flame it dropped to 50%, and coffee is dumped a minute after first crack.
Other Notes: The ACPA program has it is core traceability and social responsibility.
Our brews:
Brew Method Ratio Brew Method Ratio
Espresso 1:2.3 AeroPress 16g:200g
Plunger 48g:800g Pour over/filter 18g:300g

Transparency Information

Producer / Organisation Hacienda Camona, El Puclal
FOB price Pending, waiting for Sevenoaks to permit us to publish
Cupping score 84-86 (depends on the season)
Lot size bought 8-10 x 69kg bags, yearly
Relationship WE have an indirect relationship with Hacienda Camona, that goes back to 2007. This is one of the first coffees we offered from Guatemala.

cocoa, spice, sweet

Coffee category

2. Medium bodied


4 ★ Single


Vineyard Hotel


Guatemala, Quaffee




1kg Packet, 250g Box, 275g bag, 500g Packet, 750g Packet


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