Cafe de Impression
Guatemala Pandora Pacamara Medium-Light Roast
|Roaster Location:||Kaohsiung City, Taiwan|
|Coffee Origin:||Huehuetenango growing region, northwestern Guatemala.|
|Est. Price:||$25.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2011|
Blind Assessment: Impressively complex in both structure (sweet, bitter, savory) and aromatics. Pungently rich aroma: black currant, grapefruit, cedar, roses. All carry into the cup, where the pungent, cedary citrus notes are enveloped in almost sugary sweetness. Gently bright acidity; the mouthfeel is lightish in weight but impressively silky in texture. Flavor, particularly sweet citrus, carries deeply into the finish.
Notes: Pandora is an auction lot grown on El Injerto, one of Guatemala’s most celebrated farms. This lot is comprised entirely of the Pacamara variety, a cross between the giant-beaned Maragogipe variety and Pacas, a selection of the heirloom Bourbon. By Specialty Coffee Association of America standards, this is not a medium-light roast, but rather a classic medium roast. Located in Southern Taiwan, Café de Impression is a micro roastery owned by Jeff Chang, who also specializes in importing green coffee into Taiwan. Café de Impression’s Coffees are available exclusively online. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Unusual and distinctive profile, with the savory/sweet complexity found in the best of any given year’s Pacamara. Should please both coffee adventurers and purists. Very sensitively roasted.
This review originally appeared in the December, 2011 tasting report: Single-Variety Coffees: Aficionado Fun