Coffee Review - Guatemala Pandora Pacamara by Cafe de Impression
  • Cafe de Impression

    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Guatemala Pandora Pacamara Medium-Light Roast

Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2011
Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, northwestern Guatemala. Price: $25.00/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Impressively complex in both structure (sweet, bitter, savory) and aromatics. Pungently rich aroma: black currant, grapefruit, cedar, roses. All carry into the cup, where the pungent, cedary citrus notes are enveloped in almost sugary sweetness. Gently bright acidity; the mouthfeel is lightish in weight but impressively silky in texture. Flavor, particularly sweet citrus, carries deeply into the finish.

Notes: Pandora is an auction lot grown on El Injerto, one of Guatemala’s most celebrated farms. This lot is comprised entirely of the Pacamara variety, a cross between the giant-beaned Maragogipe variety and Pacas, a selection of the heirloom Bourbon. By Specialty Coffee Association of America standards, this is not a medium-light roast, but rather a classic medium roast. Located in Southern Taiwan, Café de Impression is a micro roastery owned by Jeff Chang, who also specializes in importing green coffee into Taiwan. Café de Impression’s Coffees are available exclusively online. Visit for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Unusual and distinctive profile, with the savory/sweet complexity found in the best of any given year’s Pacamara. Should please both coffee adventurers and purists. Very sensitively roasted.


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