Tasting Notes: Raspberry, Grapefruit, Dry
Origin: San Marcos, Guatemala
Producers: Guillermo Rubio
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.