|Review Date:||July 1997|
Blind Assessment: A provocative coffee. Everyone had something to say about it, yet no clear consensus emerged. The majority read the body as full ("even and full; well-balanced," according to one), but a small but outspoken minority found it light or even thin. Surprisingly, almost no one came down in the middle. Reactions to acidity were similarly mixed: Several found the acidity pleasantly dry and winy; others criticized it as sharp or sour. I found it alive and vivacious at first impression but rather ragged and astringent in the finish. No defects were cited; on the other hand nobody carried on about grace notes either.
Notes: A provocative, paradoxical coffee, powerful yet unrefined. Originally reviewed by a panel as a green coffee.
Who Should Drink It : Another powerful yet apparently unrefined coffee. A good choice for those who enjoy the freedom afforded by paradox.
This review originally appeared in the July, 1997 tasting report: Guatemala Coffees