Temple Coffee and Tea

Costa Rica Alberto Guardia Bourbon Natural

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Central Valley, Costa Rica

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $21.00/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2016

Agtron: 56/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Subtly direct, sweet-toned. Blueberry, lavender, myrrh, baker’s chocolate, candied orange zest in aroma and cup. Round, balanced acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The richly drying finish is saturated with sweetly exotic notes of lavender and myrrh.


Produced by Alberto and Diego Guardia entirely from trees of the Bourbon variety of Arabica. 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. This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of Costa Rica coffees for Coffee Review‘s October 2016 tasting report. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An elegantly rich, floral- and fruit-toned dried-in-the-fruit Costa Rica cup.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2016 tasting report: Costa Rica 2016: Innovation and Success in a Changing Market

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