Honey – Guatemala – Cafe Advocate

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Cafe Advocate
  • Roaster
    Cafe Advocate
  • Roaster Location
    New York, New York
  • Estimated Price
    $22 / 12 oz
  • Flavor Notes
    Sweet apricot, cacao tea, molasses, bright citrus
  • Process
    Honey
  • Country
    Guatemala
  • Region
    San Pedro Pinula, Jalapa
  • Producer
    Chica Bean (Farm: Finca la Hierba Buena)
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Flower, espresso
  • Roast Date
    February 9, 2021
  • Review Date
    February 21, 2021

Coffee Scoring

9.0
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
9 / 10
Flavor
9 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
8.5 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
9.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Rich, thick sweetness & body
  • Evolution of chocolate notes

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

Cafe Advocate is a new company based in New York with the goal to get customers coffee roasted at origin directly to you. They are currently working with Bluebird Coffee in Colombia and Chica Bean in Guatemala for their coffees. The idea is to cut a lot of the elements involved in the supply chain to focus on paying more to the farmers, which I love. I tried a Gesha from Colombia, which was delicious, but was a bit more expensive (as Geshas usually are). I wanted to feature this honey processed Guatemalan though that had a wonderfully complex flavor profile and is priced more in line with a “standard” bag of specialty coffee.

The coffee began with a rich chocolate fragrance that was slightly buttery. The flavor followed the same richness and had lovely notes of chocolate, honey and stone fruit. As the coffee cooled, the chocolate notes continued, but evolved. It had a nice citrus acidity and a rounded, smooth mouthfeel. The sweetness was thick like molasses and one of the strong elements in the coffee. The finish featured lingering notes of chocolate and caramel sweetness.

The Bottom Line

The evolution of the flavor (especially chocolate notes) paired with the depth of flavor notes made this coffee not only delicious to drink, but also a lot of fun to explore. I love seeing new companies like Cafe Advocate enter the scene to try to bring innovation to the coffee supply chain and help the people growing the coffee.

If you want to try some coffee from Cafe Advocate, you can get 10% off your purchase with the code PULLANDPOUR (no kickback to me, just sharing a great discount!).

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