Coffee Review - Medium Roast Bicycle Coffee
  • Bicycle Coffee

    Oakland, California
  • Medium Coffee

Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2012
Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, Guatemala. Price: $13.99/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Round, low-toned, pungent. An oak-like aromatic wood note dominates in aroma and cup, with backgrounded caramel and milk chocolate sweetness and a hint of lily-like flowers. Quiet acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Some flavor carries into a sweet though slightly drying finish.

Notes: Produced by indigenous Mayan members of the ASOBAGRI cooperative. Certified organically grown and fair-traded, meaning farmers have been paid an economically sustainable price for this coffee based on internationally established price guidelines. Bicycle Coffee is a small-batch wholesale and retail roasting company started in 2009 by three brothers, a cousin, and a family friend. The Bicycle team roasts only organic and Fair Trade certified coffees in its hand-built roaster and delivers all of its coffee by bicycle, a practice it vows to maintain. In keeping with its community-based theme, Bicycle also sells its coffees for considerably less than the normal retail price at local farmers’ markets. Visit for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a roundly pungent cup with relatively low acidity and who admire the uncompromisingly hands-on approach of this community-based roaster.


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