Chocolate, Stone Fruit, Raspberry

Chocolate, Stone Fruit, Raspberry

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Monte Claro

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Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai

Processing: Washed

Origin: Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Producers: Gabino Mendez

Altitude: 1700m

Gabino Mendez lives on his farm Finca Aguas Altas, high in the mountains on Guatemala's border with Mexico. As the name suggests, plentiful water on Gabino's property allows him to grow a mix of Bourbon, Caturra, and Catuai varietals at high altitude. He trades coffee production tips with his brother and father, who own neighboring farms where they grow their own lots. The family shares a wet-mill so that they can process their coffees on-site, cutting out potential quality loss that can occur when coffee cherry is shipped/stored before processing. We were impressed with the intention that went into producing this coffee, and of course how incredible it tastes!

Monte Claro is a robust cup of coffee with real presence. A milk chocolate note defines the profile with its sweet flavor and silky body. Layered on top of this smooth base is a tangy stone fruit note, followed by a bit of raspberry tartness that helps tie everything together. Monte Claro is a crowd-pleaser: smooth and sweet without being too acidic or spicy. It's a great coffee to share with your friends, which is why we're sharing it with all of you. Enjoy!

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4.5 out of 5

Complex and delicious

The berry notes come through in this one and it has a great flavor profile. I really enjoyed the cup I had this morning.

Tyler Halstead


Member Since

July '18

5.0 out of 5


Earthy with sweet undertones. I like it.

Mike Roscoe


Member Since

December '15

Monte Claro at 2:00 in the morning

This is very good. I am also enjoying the AeroPress. I am using the inventors method. It is fairly easy to use and simple to remember. I like the coffee too. For me it is simply binary, I like the coffee or I don’t. This time I do like it. Now it is time to go back to bed.

William E Flack


Member Since

October '17

4.5 out of 5


Such a good coffee!

Martha Mercer


Member Since

October '17

4.5 out of 5

Raspberry is right!

There's just something about bourbons, I can always pick up their berry notes so clearly. Threw this one in the Aeropress and then did a bigger multi-cup brew in a Chemex. The Chemex really opened up the aroma, and gave me more of that raspberry goodness. With how smooth it is, I'm curious how this one might do as an espresso?



Member Since

July '16