Intelligentsia Coffee

Guatemala El Cuervo

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, northwestern Guatemala

Roast: Medium

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Review Date: November 2005

Agtron: 49/67

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 7

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Intense, very deep aroma, with buttery or perhaps toffee-like notes and hints of flowers and wine. In the cup very sweet and very acidy, though never sharp. Continued hints of flowers and white wine. Rich, complex, slightly astringent in the finish.


Huehuetenango averages some of the highest growing altitudes in Guatemala and produces coffees that many insiders prefer to the better-known coffees of the Antigua region. El Cuervo is a special selection of Huehuetenango coffee imported only by Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters, a leading Chicago-area roaster with a Keith Haring-style logo, excellent coffee, and a commitment to quality epitomized by the practice of printing roast dates on coffee packaging. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy dramatically dry, bracing beverages.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2005 tasting report: Still Tastes Good: Guatemala and Chiapas

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