Grounds for Change

Guatemala Huehuetenango

Location: Poulsbo, Washington

Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, Guatemala

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $12.25/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2018

Agtron: 43/63

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Roasty-sweet, richly chocolaty. Dark chocolate, gently scorched cedar, gardenia, grapefruit zest, roasted almond in aroma and cup. Briskly bittersweet in structure; satiny-smooth in mouthfeel. Notes of dark chocolate and smoky cedar carry the resonant finish.


This coffee is organic and certified fair trade, the latter meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Produced by members of the (CODECH cooperative) from trees of the Caturra, Bourbon, Catuai and Pache varieties of Arabica. This is a wet-processed or “washed” coffee, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Grounds for Change is a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in sustainable coffee and supporting a wide range of progressive ecological and social programs. The complete carbon footprint (from crop to cup) for this coffee has been offset with tree planting (carbonfund.org). Visit www.groundsforchange.com or call 800-796-6820 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A tactfully darker-roasted Guatemala, richly bittersweet and chocolaty in the cup, supported by notes of smoky aromatic wood.

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