Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting
Organic Fair Trade Huehuetenango
|Roaster Location:||Watsonville, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Huehuetenango growing region, north-central Guatemala|
|Review Date:||September 2003|
Blind Assessment: When hot, complexly and giddily floral and fruity - caramel in the aroma, suggestions of lilac and violet, papaya and cantaloupe in the cup. The extravagantly fruity character of the cup hints at sweet ferment, which in fact emerges as the cup cools, hardening the profile a bit and turning it slightly salty. But try it; no one drinks coffee cold anyhow except coffee reviewers.
Notes: Certified organically grown and fair-traded, meaning small-holding farmers have been paid a price determined by international formula to be "fair," or economically and socially sustainable. Huehuetenango, a mountainous, rugged growing region near the Mexican border with a relatively dry climate, is a favorite Guatemala growing region among coffee insiders, who value its typically sweet, delicate, fruit-toned cup. The Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company is an artisan roasting company in business since 1978. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Fast coffee drinkers and lovers of extravagance and complexity.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2003 tasting report: Beyond Antigua: The "Other" Guatemalas