Coffee Reviews

Carmona – 1000 Faces Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Carmona
  • Roaster
    1000 Faces Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Athens, Georgia
  • Estimated Price
    $16.00 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Apple, cherry, brown sugar, juicy
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    Villa Sarchi
  • Country
    Guatemala
  • Region
    Antigua, Sacatepéquez
  • Elevation
    1600 - 1900 MASL
  • Producer
    Maria Zelaya Aguirre, Luis Pedro Zelaya, Ricardo Zelaya
  • Roast
    Light
  • Roast Date
    August 5, 2019
  • Review Date
    August 17, 2019

Coffee Scoring

9.1
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
10 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9.5 / 10
Balance
8.5 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
8.5 / 10
Complexity
9.5 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Incredibly juicy
  • Rich sweetness
  • Great flavor

Cons
  • None specifically

1000 Faces Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster from Athens, Georgia with a focus on “respect for geographic origin, direct relationships, and ecological awareness”1. I recently had the awesome opportunity to try a few of their current offerings including Muzo (Rwanda), Jacon & Santos (Brazil) and this Carmona (Guatemala). I was incredibly impressed with the vibrancy and uniqueness of each of their coffees. In this first review, I’ll be focusing on Carmona, a washed coffee from the Antigua region of Guatemala.

The coffee experience begins with an intense aroma of red apple sweetness that envelops the senses. As I began to sip the coffee, I tasted the Fugi apple sweetness and other fruit notes of plum and cranberry that simply became more pronounced as the coffee cooled. The coffee had an incredibly juicy acidity that flowed throughout each sip and was accentuated in the finish. One of my favorite attributes of the coffee was the body. It had a medium, creamy body that produced this wonderful weight on my tongue and had the feeling it was everywhere at once. The coffee was well balanced and had a nice deep sweetness of raw honey. I found the expression of the coffee came out best via pour over, but it also did nicely in espresso and immersion-style brew methods as well.

The Bottom Line

Guatemalan coffees have become my favorite origin from the Americas over the past 12 months because of coffees like Carmona. It is rich, sweet, juicy and full of flavor. I am savoring the last of my bag and am excited to try the other Guatemala offerings 1000 Faces has in the future.

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

References
  1. https://www.1000facescoffee.com/manifesto
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