Counter Culture Coffee
|Roaster Location:||Durham, North Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||Huehuetenango growing region, Guatemala.|
|Review Date:||August 2009|
Blind Assessment: Very sweet-toned, cherryish, chocolate-leaning fruit in the aroma; butter and night flower complications. In the cup deeply acidy, full-bodied. The chocolate character deepens and sheds some fruit, but remains rich, sweet and buttery, with a slight herby/salty edge. The chocolate fruit outlasts a slight astringency in the finish.
Notes: Certified organically grown. Also certified by the Smithsonian Institution as "Bird Friendly," meaning this coffee is grown inside a forest-like canopy of multi-species trees. Produced by the Recinos family on Finca Nueva Armenia. Counter Culture is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A magisterially imperfect coffee; a slight hint of fruit ferment only deepens the shifting, buttery chocolate nuance. Excellent late-in-the-day coffee.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2009 tasting report: The Devil's in the Details: Bird-Friendly and Shade-Grown Coffees