Magnolia Coffee

Honduras Finca Gaby

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Origin: Ocotepeque Department, Honduras

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $12.99/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2015

Agtron: 50/64

Aroma: 7

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, savory-edged, perfumy. Cocoa powder, rose-like flowers, almond, a hint of brie cheese in aroma and cup. Roast-rounded acidity; plush though very slightly roughish mouthfeel. The cocoa note in particular persists in a savory-sweet finish.


This is a certified organically grown and Fair Trade Certified green coffee, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. However, this roasted, retail version does not carry the Fair Trade USA seal on the bag or website because, although the producer and importer are Fair Trade Certified, the roaster is not. Produced by Norma Mileybi Lara of Finca Gaby, a member of COCAFELOL, a collective of more than 300 farmers growing organic arabica coffee in the biological reserve of El Guisayote in Ocotepeque Department near the border with Guatemala. Magnolia Coffee is a Charlotte, North Carolina based boutique roaster whose motto is “Artisan roasted, truly delicious, socially conscious.” Magnolia particularly emphasizes community engagement through its Local Beans for Local Good programs.Visit www.magnoliacoffeeco.com or call 704-651-7726 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Certified Fair Trade coffee buyers with a taste for quiet adventure. The note we are calling brie cheese is not unpleasant, and resonates with the savory-sweet structure and rose-and-cocoa aromatics.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2015 tasting report: Fair Trade Certified Coffees

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