Coffee Reviews

Guatemala-Guayabales – Theory Collaborative

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Guatemala-Guayabales
  • Roaster
    Theory Collaborative
  • Roaster Location
    Redding, California
  • Estimated Price
    $19.75 / 10 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Mangarin orange, graham cracker, red grape
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Country
    Guatemala
  • Region
    Huehuetenango
  • Elevation
    1800 MASL
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    Chemex, v60, espresso
  • Roast Date
    March 16, 2020
  • Review Date
    March 21, 2020

Coffee Scoring

9.1
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8.5 / 10
Balance
9.5 / 10
Sweetness
9.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9.5 / 10
Aftertaste
8.5 / 10
Complexity
8.5 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Delicious & interesting flavor
  • Balanced & clean

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The coffee begins with an incredibly creamy and chocolaty aroma with sweet graham cracker notes layered in. The flavor was even more impressive and included some of the same notes as the aroma (chocolate & creamy), but also had a wonderfully sweet-tart acidity and sweetness with notes of orange. The acidity was balanced, but also tart and tangy. The coffee had a medium creamy body and a tangy finish that lingered long past when I expected it to drop out.

While pour over is always my go-to brew method, I really enjoyed this coffee in espresso where it had a wonderful mix of creamy tartness and the orange flavor notes came through quite clearly.

The Bottom Line

Guatemala-Guayabales was an impressive first look at Theory Collaborative for me. It was everything I expected and more in a high-quality Guatemalan coffee. It was rich & chocolatey and clean & balanced, all of which made it incredibly approachable. It also had the delicious orange notes and the sweet tart sweetness and tangy aftertaste, which added an extra layer of complexity and surprise. I’ve been looking for a great Central American coffee to balanced some of the wonderful African coffees I’ve been trying recently and I just found it with Guatemala-Guayabales.

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