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Paradise Roasters

Organic Dulce de Guatemala

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, Guatemala

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $11.95/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2018

Agtron: 50/72

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Spice-toned, richly sweet. Honeysuckle, pistachio, baking spices, apricot, molasses in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory in structure with balanced, lively acidity; plump, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish leads with notes of apricot and honeysuckle in the short, rounding to spice-toned pistachio in the long.

Notes:

Produced by a cooperative of 1,300 small-holding farmers in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. This coffee is certified organically grown and certified fair trade, the latter meaning it was purchased at no less than a minimum price determined by the certifying agency to be economically sustainable for the farmers. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot Arabica and Robusta coffees from Asia and other emerging origins. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An intriguing Guatemala cup, classic yet idiosyncratic, redolent of stone fruit and sweet nuts, and an excellent value at $11.95 for 12 ounces.

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