Tasting Notes: Plum, Chocolate, Caramel

Tasting Notes: Plum, Chocolate, Caramel

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Classic: Candelaria

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<b>Huehuetenango, Guatemala</b>

Description

Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon

Processing: Washed

Origin: Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Producers: Genaro & Juan Vasquez

Altitude: 1500-2000m

The Huehuetenango region of Guatemala consistently produces mind-blowing coffees thanks to the history and local tradition of caring for the land and producing crops with attention to quality over quantity. The various microclimates in Huehuetenango also allow for vastly different flavors to develop at farms in different parts of the region given their unique soil and growing conditions. This means every coffee we taste from Huehuetenango has the potential to be a new adventure, and the Vasquez brothers' Candelaria surprised us with its savory flavors. We typically see bright, fruit-forward, acidic coffees from Huehue and really like the change of flavor that this coffee supplies while still living up to the region's reputation for superior quality.

Candelaria's flavor profile is rooted in a sticky-sweet plum note and filled out by heavier notes of chocolate and caramel, making it the perfect candidate for our Classic series. These flavors mix together so smoothly and create a low-key, savory taste without becoming too muted at any point. It's not something we were expecting from a washed coffee out of Huehuetenango, but we're certainly happy we found it and even happier that we get to share it with the club. Let us know how you like it by leaving a comment below so we can keep sourcing coffees you love!

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Reviews

So smooth!

This is one of my favorites so far. Love the after taste. Light but still full body. Perfect to drink on a chilly morning.

Susan B.

Gaithersburg

Member Since

February '18

3.5 out of 5

As Described

I am not a fan of light roasted coffee, so would have preferred the beans to be more roasted. That said, this coffee does have caramel and chocolate notes, which I far prefer over coffees that have citrus flavors.

Victoria Riccardi

Newton

Member Since

December '17

5.0 out of 5

Sit down and relax.

Fantastic it’s smooth and sweet.

eddie wagstaff

nashville

Member Since

May '15

5.0 out of 5

Another Great Find

Well, you have found another winner here! This coffee just works with every which way to make. I especially enjoy it made in Lattee fashion. Cold brew works well also! Pour over is my next favorite after my Lattee. Just cannot stop drinking this one! ENJOY!

John Robert Haneke

Daytona Beach

Member Since

March '18

5.0 out of 5

Classic Candalaria

Full bodied but not heavy. Fantastic chocolate finish.

Andy Henry

Zirconia

Member Since

June '16

5.0 out of 5

Very good

My favorite so far

Jarrod Heinz

Harrisburg

Member Since

March '18

5.0 out of 5

Delicious!

Light roast...really tasty! Great caramelly flavor! Yum!

Jitters Mitchell

Winston-Salem

Member Since

December '18

3.0 out of 5

Bitter

It was a little too bitter.

Angel Chin

Whitestone

Member Since

December '18

4.5 out of 5

Good espresso

This make really good espresso. Smooth not too strong cup of coffee.

Scott Taylor

Marietta

Member Since

December '18

4.5 out of 5

My first coffee, and it's a winner!

I received a gift membership to the coffee club for Christmas. This was my first shipment, and I like it a lot! It's not highly aromatic, but it's remarkably smooth.

Florinda Vasquez

Simi Valley

Member Since

December '18

2.5 out of 5

Too Light

I tend to brew with a french press and have found that lighter roasts tend to not fare well with it. I did brew this coffee using my single cup drip, going heavy on the beans and using a finer grind (which does not work well with the french press) and found that the favors were more pronounced that using my press. That said I do tend to favour stronger coffee.

Mark S

Los Angeles

Member Since

December '18

4.5 out of 5

My kind of coffee

This hit the spot -- exactly as advertised. I could taste and enjoy the plum notes without it being too fruity, which I have slight preference against. Love chocolate/caramel flavors. Only complaint is it was a touch light, I found myself grinding a pinch extra to get the strength I like.

Matthew Meyer

San Diego

Member Since

December '18

4.0 out of 5

Fruity and delicious.

The plum notes are very forward. I found the other flavor notes a little harder to pinpoint but got lots of different results with varying brewing methods. Never bitter but always nice and robust, a real showcase of what the Classic series coffees can be.

Jacob MacDonald

Plano

Member Since

April '18

4.5 out of 5

Very drinkable

Easy to drink, smooth and tasty. Maybe a little light for me but perhaps that's my drip coffee maker. Couldn't say I picked up on the plum, I didn't find it terribly fruity.

Emma Acciani

Queens

Member Since

December '18

5.0 out of 5

One of my favorites!

I use this in my espresso machine and make lattes with it. The candelaria is great, having a rich flavor, mellowed out by my foam. Also delicious as a cup of Americano!

Chelsie Wermager

Luverne

Member Since

December '17

5.0 out of 5

amongst the finest

Smooth & rich. I enjoy this coffee so much, I actually sit down with it as a morning ritual instead of drinking it on the run, and I'm satisfied after one cup. It's easy on my body and my stomach, no coffee crash.

Kiela Dawn

Crestone

Member Since

December '18

5.0 out of 5

Amazing

So smooth and rich

Billie Jo Grieve

Alexandria

Member Since

December '18

5.0 out of 5

Great

Very smooth! No bitterness and great in a latte.

Sydney Jones

New York

Member Since

January '19