|Huehuetenango growing region, Guatemala.
Round, low-toned, pungent. An oak-like aromatic wood note dominates in aroma and cup, with backgrounded caramel and milk chocolate sweetness and a hint of lily-like flowers. Quiet acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Some flavor carries into a sweet though slightly drying finish.
Produced by indigenous Mayan members of the ASOBAGRI cooperative. Certified organically grown and fair-traded, meaning farmers have been paid an economically sustainable price for this coffee based on internationally established price guidelines. Bicycle Coffee is a small-batch wholesale and retail roasting company started in 2009 by three brothers, a cousin, and a family friend. The Bicycle team roasts only organic and Fair Trade certified coffees in its hand-built roaster and delivers all of its coffee by bicycle, a practice it vows to maintain. In keeping with its community-based theme, Bicycle also sells its coffees for considerably less than the normal retail price at local farmers’ markets. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy a roundly pungent cup with relatively low acidity and who admire the uncompromisingly hands-on approach of this community-based roaster.
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This review originally appeared in the October, 2012 tasting report: Cause Coffees