Raspberry, Grapefruit, Dry

Variety: Caturra

Processing: Washed

Origin: San Marcos, Guatemala

Producers: Guillermo Rubio

Altitude: 1300-1500m

The Orion farm was founded by the Prado family in 1960 in San Marcos, Guatemala on a beautiful piece of land with plenty of shade and water for healthy coffee plants. Guillermo Rubio began managing the farm in 2003, focusing on growing Caturra and Sarchimor varietals for the specialty market. His approach leverages the natural benefits of location: plentiful shade trees keep the coffee plants cool and help cherries develop slowly, and the farm's location allows all irrigation to be done with rainwater. Coffees from Orion are processed using traditional methods, and patio dried in lot-separated batches. It's a tried-and-true approach to producing good coffee, and it shows.

This cup of Orion is very fruit-forward, presenting a strong raspberry note from the outset that lingers throughout the cup. A tart grapefruit note contributes some sharpness and citrus acidity to the overall flavor and punches the intensity of this cup through the roof. When we cupped Orion for the first time we were surprised by its crisp, dry finish and how it left us wanting another cup. We hope you'll feel the same way, and use that feeling as motivation to try a few different brewing methods to really get the most out of these beans. As always, send us feedback on the coffees you're really digging. We love to hear from you and get a sense of similar coffees you'd enjoy.

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Jonny Bonilla-Bowman


Member Since
December '17
10stars b7d0bda0310969033433830e28a863844525eed66031a28909e01440c470fc80

One of the best I've gotten

This coffee is my favorite by far


Jacob MacDonald


Member Since
April '18
10stars b7d0bda0310969033433830e28a863844525eed66031a28909e01440c470fc80


Smells like grapefruit and has delicious fruity notes even out of a Moka pot.


On 09/16/18 BJ says

Woah, that's a really great idea. I'm not always a fan of the "dry" finish on coffees, never thought about running it through a moka pot or espresso-type machine. Thanks for the tip!

On 09/17/18 Jacob MacDonald says

The Moka pot definitely deemphasizes the finishing flavors in my experience. For the fruit notes in this one to stand out I would recommend grinding slightly more coarse than Moka pot default (which is close to Bustelo for me) to the point that the coffee coming out is visibly less viscous.

Tyler Halstead


Member Since
July '18
7stars 47a7352655fa3ded048196554760f61df8d9125f29993e54d673bd8cd254c1f2

Smooth, light, not bright

It was an easy drinking cup of coffee. The flavor was good, but lacked distinctive notes. Both times I’ve done it as a pour over and it came through tasting fairly weak compared to the usual stuff from MCC. Not bad overall, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to order more of this one.


Nicholas Bruno


Member Since
August '18
9stars c58729f5103ff4590617db3549eb955fdf8c2b8a5189f5adb5f5c5b2399e076c

Fresh and Light

Very good, I'm bigger on darker roasts but this is a delicious change of pace.


William E Flack


Member Since
October '17
9stars c58729f5103ff4590617db3549eb955fdf8c2b8a5189f5adb5f5c5b2399e076c

Orion Enjoying

Even at 12:00 midnight. I am using an aero press. Which is about two months old for me. I use the simpler method from the inventor. Thanks.