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Kickapoo Coffee Roasters

Organic Guatemala Rio Azul

Location: Driftless, Wisconsin

Origin: Huehuetenango growing region, western Guatemala.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2015

Agtron: 59/81

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly and gently pungent, cocoa-toned. Roasted cacao-nib, orange, apricot, freesia-like flowers, a faint whiff of whisky in aroma and cup. Soft, vibrantly lively acidity; plush, velvety mouthfeel. Sweet, balanced, quietly flavor-saturated finish.

Notes:

Certified organically grown. Produced by the 186 farmer members of the Rio Azul cooperative, founded in 1967, from trees of the heirloom Bourbon and ancient Typica varieties of Arabica. Kickapoo is a Wisconsin micro-roaster devoted to organic and fair-trade principles and coffees. Kickapoo is affiliated with the Fair Trade Federation, a membership (rather than certifying) organization devoted to “providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.” Visit kickapoocoffee.com or call (608) 637-2022 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A very slight, felicitous hint of ferment complicates the fundamental, natural sweetness of this fine traditionally styled Guatemala.


This review originally appeared in the October, 2015 tasting report: Traditional Coffees of Central America: Quest for the Classic

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