Coffee Reviews

Guatemala Santa Isabel – Coffea Roasterie

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Guatemala Santa Isabel
  • Roaster
    Coffea Roasterie
  • Roaster Location
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Estimated Price
    $19.00
  • Flavor Notes
    Raspberry, melon, honey
  • Process
    Washed
  • Varieties
    Caturra, Bourbon, Catuaí
  • Country
    Guatemala
  • Region
    San Cristobal Verapaz, Cobán
  • Elevation
    1400 - 1600 MASL
  • Producer
    Luis "Wicho" Valdez III
  • Roast
    Light/Medium
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Aeropress, Chemex
  • Roast Date
    April 8, 2020
  • Review Date
    April 18, 2020

Coffee Scoring

8.9
Aroma
8.5 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9.5 / 10
Balance
9.5 / 10
Sweetness
9 / 10
Cleanliness
8.5 / 10
Aftertaste
8.5 / 10
Complexity
8.5 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Balanced & approachable

Cons
  • Hay/earthy aroma at brew
  • Missed raspberry note

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Guatemala Santa Isabel comes from the South Dakota roaster, Coffea Roasterie. The coffee hails from the Cobán region of Guatemala, which is known for its distinct fresh fruit notes, well-balanced body and pleasant aromas. While this coffee didn’t fit that profile exactly, it did come very close.

The coffee began with a sweet fragrance that included notes of milk chocolate, tangerine, as well as subtle notes of strawberry. During the brew, I smelled some astringent notes of hay or earth, which seemed to contrast the fragrance from before, as well as the flavor after. In the flavor I tasted lemon/citrus, milk chocolate and stone fruit. The raspberry note listed in the flavor profile was distinctly missing for me and I think it would have helped the coffee align with the expected profile from Cobán even more. The acidity was spot on and was bright and full of citrus. The medium body was smooth and extremely well-balanced. The finish was fairly quick, but did have some lingering acidity.

The Bottom Line

Some of the notes above may be overly critical because the coffee was quite delicious. It was exactly what I expect in a Guatemalan coffee and another great hit off of my Crema.co playlist.

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