Pacific Bay Coffee Company
Guatemala Finca El Injerto Espresso Roast
|Roaster Location:||Berkeley, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Huehuetenango growing region, Guatemala.|
|Review Date:||June 2008|
Blind Assessment: A simple, rich, roast-influenced espresso that particularly came into its own in milk. In the small cup deep, roundly dark-chocolate-toned aroma, full body, gently pungent flavor and finish with roast-influenced notes that co-taster Heather Perry (88) associated with herbs (particularly thyme) and Ken (91) with cedar, night flowers and black cherry. Heather was particularly impressed by this coffee's performance in milk, where she found the herbal character she admired persisted "beautifully."
Notes: Finca El Injerto is a celebrated coffee farm with exemplary practices and fields that are mostly planted in the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica. An El Injerto all-Bourbon lot took first place in the 2006 Guatemala Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed first out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 92.6 from an international jury. In 2007 another lot finished a very respectable sixth with a score of 88.3. Pacific Bay Coffee Company has operated a cafe in Walnut Creek, California for several years, and recently opened a roastery and training center in Berkeley. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A mildly roasty espresso that carries its individuality nicely into milk.
This review originally appeared in the June, 2008 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos 2008