|Review Date:||July 1997|
Blind Assessment: Defects apparently consigned this rather heavy-bodied, low-toned Antigua to the bottom of the cupping-form pile. Some found its low-toned heaviness flat; others, however, liked it. Several called the profile "sweet"; another "solid." One cupper raved: "Great cup. Very good body and flavor." Another puzzled: "Aspects don't gel, even though it has good flavor." Three cuppers detected sour notes, one going so far as to call the coffee "oniony." Three others found it old-tasting or "baggy," which suggests conditioning or storage problems, a plausible hypothesis for a coffee that suggests power but doesn't come through, that seems oddly dulled or muted.
Notes: Perhaps a good Guatemala for someone who leans toward body and sweetness and away from brightness, but has some mild defects. Originally reviewed by a panel as a green coffee.
Who Should Drink It : Perhaps a good Guatemala for someone who leans toward body and sweetness and away from brightness or acidity. But enough mild defects cited to suggest that something went wrong, perhaps in conditioning or storage.
This review originally appeared in the July, 1997 tasting report: Guatemala Coffees