Thanksgiving Coffee

Guatemala Guaya’b Light Roast

Location: Fort Bragg, California

Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, Guatemala.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price:

Review Date: November 2009

Agtron: 44/49

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Pungently rich aroma, with dark chocolate and spicy cedar notes. In the cup round, roast-muted acidity, smooth mouthfeel, continued cocoaish chocolate and cedar notes with a hint of raisiny fruit. Long, flavor-saturated finish.


Produced by the Guaya’b Cooperative of small-holding Mayan-Quiche farmers in the admired Huehuetenango growing region. Certified organically grown and certified Fair Trade, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. One of the country’s pioneering socially and environmentally progressive roasters, Thanksgiving aimed to combine coffee quality with social and environmental responsibility years before the latter preoccupations became fashionable. Visit www.thanksgivingcoffee.com or call 800-648-6491 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Labeled a light roast, but dark enough to mute the acidity and develop the chocolate and pungent cedar potential of this excellent small-holder Guatemala.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2009 tasting report: Quality and Fair Trade Certified Coffees

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