El Guapo Guatemala by Caribou Coffee Review | CoffeeReview.com
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • El Guapo Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: September 2013
Origin: New Oriente growing region, Guatemala. Price: $16.99/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Savory-sweet, complex, original. Aroma and flavor notes are shifting, often surprising: Roasted cacao nib, cedar, a hint of brandy, rich, pungent fruit suggesting grilled pineapple perhaps. Round, deeply expressed acidity; lightly syrup mouthfeel. The finish is chocolaty and sweet, though drying.

Notes: This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. It is a 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Caribou Coffee is a retail roasting chain based in the upper Middle West whose rather irreverent motto "Life is short. Stay awake for it" belies a serious approach to coffee. Visit www.cariboucoffee.com or call 888-227-4268 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An unusual profile for aficionados: brisk yet deep, lush yet savory.


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