Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Guatemala El Socorro Maracaturra

Location: La Jolla, California

Origin: Palencia, Fraijanes Plateau growing region, central Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $23.99/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2015

Agtron: 61/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Lightly rich and zesty. Orange zest, almond butter, sweet, honeysuckle-like flowers, a hint of rosemary in aroma and cup. Delicately brisk acidity; light, satiny mouthfeel. Orange and almond carry into a sweet, savory-edged finish.


Maracaturra is a relatively recently developed cross between the huge-beaned Maragogipe and the compact-growing Caturra varieties of Arabica. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value a delicate but zesty cup, light-footed and lively.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2015 tasting report: Traditional Coffees of Central America: Quest for the Classic

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