El Tambor

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<b>Variety: </b> Red Bourbon, Caturra, Pache
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<b> Processing: </b> Washed
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<b> Origin: </b>  Palencia, Guatemala
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<b> Producers:</b> Victor Calderon
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<b> Altitude: </b>1750m
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<p>El Tambor was founded as a cattle ranch in 1930 and was first planted with coffee in 1966. Nowadays, it's one of the most respected coffee farms in Guatemala, with several Cup of Excellence wins to show for its efforts. Owner Victor Calderon is serious about quality - implementing a rigorous process to identify the highest quality plants early on in the lifecycle. For every 50,000 seeds germinated, they only pot the most promising 40,000. As the coffee continues to develop, only the best 18,000 to 25,000 starts are planted at El Tambor, and the rest are sold to other producers. These high standards carry over through the entire production process at El Tambor, from picking to milling to patio-drying. Mr. Calderon is also very proud that the farm uses only biodynamic and organic practices - and hopes to be an example of how to sustainably produce exceptional quality coffees.</p>
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After featuring one of El Tambor's decaf lots, we knew that we needed to try some of their caffeinated offerings - and this one surpassed our already high expectations. We're picking up on a fragrant orange blossom aroma and some delicate vanilla notes - along with a smooth chocolatey undertone that really emphasizes the body of this brew. El Tambor is a fantastic cup of coffee from a fantastic producer, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with our fantastic members. </p>

Tasting Notes: Orange, Vanilla, Chocolate

Variety: Red Bourbon, Caturra, Pache

Processing: Washed

Origin: Palencia, Guatemala

Producers: Victor Calderon

Altitude: 1750m

El Tambor was founded as a cattle ranch in 1930 and was first planted with coffee in 1966. Nowadays, it's one of the most respected coffee farms in Guatemala, with several Cup of Excellence wins to show for its efforts. Owner Victor Calderon is serious about quality - implementing a rigorous process to identify the highest quality plants early on in the lifecycle. For every 50,000 seeds germinated, they only pot the most promising 40,000. As the coffee continues to develop, only the best 18,000 to 25,000 starts are planted at El Tambor, and the rest are sold to other producers. These high standards carry over through the entire production process at El Tambor, from picking to milling to patio-drying. Mr. Calderon is also very proud that the farm uses only biodynamic and organic practices - and hopes to be an example of how to sustainably produce exceptional quality coffees.

After featuring one of El Tambor's decaf lots, we knew that we needed to try some of their caffeinated offerings - and this one surpassed our already high expectations. We're picking up on a fragrant orange blossom aroma and some delicate vanilla notes - along with a smooth chocolatey undertone that really emphasizes the body of this brew. El Tambor is a fantastic cup of coffee from a fantastic producer, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with our fantastic members.

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David R

Sausalito

Member Since
October '15
10stars b7d0bda0310969033433830e28a863844525eed66031a28909e01440c470fc80

One of the best

Maybe my favorite cup of coffee I've had! El Tambor has it all - a nice, high, acidic burst without being bitter, a creamy mouthfeel, and a chocoately, robust body. The complexity and richness is enthralling. I'm obviously a huge fan and could drink this all day, every day!

10/12/19

CATHERINE KENNEDY

CHARLOTTE

Member Since
May '19
9stars c58729f5103ff4590617db3549eb955fdf8c2b8a5189f5adb5f5c5b2399e076c

oh coffee.....

taste all the notes, suttle smooth,enjoyable

10/15/19

Randall LaLonde

Glenfield

Member Since
July '15
8stars 30f964d825671e936496b1e9b91652b236d1338f7f157d183e3d5d7bf6dc5a84

El Tambor

This coffee is beautifully balanced, with subtle orangey notes on top and a chocolate bottom. Kudos to Victor Calderon!

10/16/19

Brian Jeppesen

Lamont

Member Since
October '19
7stars 47a7352655fa3ded048196554760f61df8d9125f29993e54d673bd8cd254c1f2

Only Good, But That Might Be User Error

This coffee was good. It's chocolatey and fruity, which I do like, wakes me up quickly, and creamy. We sincerely enjoyed it. It didn't blow our socks off though. To be fair, this may have been user error. We are used to really crappy coffee from the WinCo bulk section. That stuff is so flavorless that we usually have to grind 1.5 to 2 cups of beans to get a pot to taste like anything. The first time I made this, I did the same by habit. That was strong stuff. Then, I cut back, way back. And it was coffee-flavored water. Good flavor, but weak. Today is our third day doing it, and I broke out the Cafflano. Now that was significantly better. I'm still adjusting to figure out the best way to make it, but so far, this coffee was just good. Other users may, and probably will, experience much better results than we've had.

10/21/19