Black Cherry, Cocoa, Nougat

Black Cherry, Cocoa, Nougat

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El Socorro Red Bourbon

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Palencia, Guatemala


Variety: Red Bourbon

Processing: Washed

Origin: Palencia, Guatemala

Producers: Juan Diego de la Cerda

Altitude: 1750m

We're very excited to be bringing another lot from El Socorro to the club this year, one of our favorite farms in Guatemala. This particular lot from the De La Cerdas is a red bourbon - one of the archetypical coffee varieties that many other cultivars have split off from. It's a relatively tall coffee plant with small, thick coffee cherries that are, predictably, red. Finca El Socorro grows several different bourbons - we've featured both red and yellow bourbons in years past - but this is the one we chose for the club this year because it is delicious.

We're getting a fantastic mix of flavors from this coffee that leads off with a juicy and tart black cherry note, followed by a dense cocoa base and some nougat-like richness. This coffee could easily be described as a "smooth sipper" or something similar, but we'll just say flat out that it's really really good. El Socorro has been putting out great coffees year after year, and we're very happy to be buying from them again. It's been wonderful to see their coffees get recognized at national competitions and to see how their prominence in the Guatemalan coffee scene has grown. Their coffees are special, and we're excited for you to get a chance to enjoy another one.

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5.0 out of 5


Fantastic coffee; this is about as good as it gets. Having received numerous coffees from the El Socorro farm over the years, I've come to count on them as one of the best at supplying archetypal Guatemalan beans - lush, rich, dense, and complex. Don't miss out!

Ethan R


Member Since

October '15

4.0 out of 5

Good coffee

It’s good coffee. I look forward to drinking it. Black, pour over, of course.

Araminta Midkiff


Member Since

February '20

5.0 out of 5


This is the best one yet. Smooth sipper indeed. Look forward to this one each morning. Yum!

Rob Brayer


Member Since

September '20

5.0 out of 5

Rich and complex

Delicious, milky richness and nougat notes coming through.

On 10/30/20 BJ said

I was a little nervous to list "nougat" as a tasting note because I thought folks would just go "...really?" but I'm glad it's coming through.

Josh Richardson

New York

Member Since

August '20

5.0 out of 5

Bourbon is Great

I have to say I love most of the coffees from the club. This one is no exception. It has a fullness of flavor. I lean toward club coffees with a fruit after taste. This one has that in a subtle way. No bitterness at all. Rich. Great with a spot of cream and a vanilla icing cup cake at 2am. Everyone knows that is the true test of excellence.

Steven Gilmer

Huntington Beach

Member Since

June '20

4.0 out of 5

Great Coffee

This El Socorro Red Bourbon definitely hit the spot.

George Backert


Member Since

June '15

5.0 out of 5


This is my favorite of 2020. Smooth but tasty.

LR Miller


Member Since

January '16

5.0 out of 5

Life-changing? Day-making!

Ohhhhh...Just opening the container I was enthralled. I LOVE chocolate (I actually half-and-half my coffee now with Crio Bru's cacao), and this is full of that wonderful scent. Thankfully, the taste is pleasing, too. Cannot say enough, except that any other coffee is going to have a hard time comparing to this one.

J. Fox

High Point

Member Since

June '14