Revel Coffee

Guatemala Acatenango Gesha

Location: Billings, Montana

Origin: Acatenango growing region, Guatemala.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $20.00/8 ounces

Review Date: September 2013

Agtron: 50/65

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Exhilaratingly intense and intricate floral notes, candied citrus, crisp roasted cacao nib, a hint of moist pipe tobacco in aroma and cup. Balanced, gently bright acidity; silky, buoyant mouthfeel. Very sweet, long, juicy finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the #12 coffee in the Coffee Review Top 30 Coffees of 2013. Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also spelled Geisha). With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s most unique coffees. Acatenango is the name of a coffee-growing municipality as well as a famous volcano overlooking the Antigua Valley of Guatemala. Revel Coffee is a micro-roaster located in Billings, Montana. Its motto: “Quality is paramount – a difference you can revel in.” Visit www.revelcoffee.com or call 406-534-9621 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Delicate yet astounding in its juicy, complex, floral sweetness. Brew this very expensive, very sensitive coffee carefully; in particular, avoid pouring the water too hot if you brew manually; target 200F or so. Should be fine in automatic filter drip machines, which typically brew at relatively low temperatures.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2013 tasting report: Suave and Idiosyncratic: Coffees of Guatemala

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