|Roaster Location:||Spokane, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||El Quiche Department, south central Guatemala|
|Est. Price:||$14.00/16 ounces|
|Review Date:||September 2013|
Blind Assessment: Lushly pungent, plummy. Dark chocolate, plum, cedar, night-blooming flowers in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; smooth, silky mouthfeel. Richly sweet though drying finish.
Notes: Batzchocola is one of four coffee-producing communities of mainly indigenous farmers that make up the Ixil A’achimbal association. The Batzchocola coffee is fermented without water for around twenty hours in wooden boxes covered with banana leaves, washed, and sun-dried on tables and tarps, a local variation on orthodox wet-processing, and one that seems to have a complex and positive impact on cup character. Roast House is a small-batch roaster based in Spokane Washington that considers relationships to be the most important aspect of great coffee, extending from farmers to the neighborhood barista. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a lush, rather exotic fruit and florals cup with a crisp, drying edge. The price represents an excellent value for a distinctive coffee.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2013 tasting report: Suave and Idiosyncratic: Coffees of Guatemala