Tasting Notes: Raspberry, Grapefruit, Dry

Tasting Notes: Raspberry, Grapefruit, Dry

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Orion

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<b>San Marcos, Guatemala</b>

Description

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 benefits of his 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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Reviews

5.0 out of 5

One of the best I've gotten

This coffee is my favorite by far

Jonny Bonilla-Bowman

pomona

Member Since

December '17

5.0 out of 5

Mmmmm...

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

On 09/16/18 BJ said

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 said

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.

Jacob MacDonald

Plano

Member Since

April '18

3.5 out of 5

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.

Tyler Halstead

Chicago

Member Since

July '18

4.5 out of 5

Fresh and Light

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

N Bruno

Yorkville

Member Since

August '18

4.5 out of 5

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.

William E Flack

Worcester

Member Since

October '17

3.5 out of 5

Orion

Very good coffee, sweet and light, you can taste the fruity notes.

Randall LaLonde

Millcreek

Member Since

July '15

3.0 out of 5

Light & fruity

Couldn't get a strong enough (for me) brew with this bean--but flavor was pleasingly sharp & tart.

Cathy Wood

Corinth

Member Since

December '17

5.0 out of 5

One of the Best coffees I’ve ever had

I go with a medium to course grind on this coffee and brew in my Moka pot. It makes for a light and delicate cup of coffee with crisp fruity notes (not to mention a nice caffeine punch).

Joe Ferguson

Fayetteville

Member Since

October '18

5.0 out of 5

Amazing!!

To die for.

Camilla

Long Beach

Member Since

January '18

5.0 out of 5

One of our favorites so far

This is one of the best coffee we've had sent to us--very nice rich flavor and aroma

Ben Mills

Boonton Township

Member Since

December '17

5.0 out of 5

Became better with time

The raspberry notes really developed after the first few days drinking this one with pour over.

Chris Moses

West Roxbury

Member Since

August '16

5.0 out of 5

Honestly so good!

This was incredible. Please send over and over again!

Ryan Peterson

Salt Lake City

Member Since

November '18