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Finca San Bernardo beans – Guatemala

Map of GuatemalaIt’s not often that I’m disappointed with  freshly roasted coffee beans from Monmouth.

In fact, this may be the first time.

Having run the beans through an espresso machine and tried two different filter processes, changed the coarseness of the grind, the amount of ground coffee used and the water, the best I can get from this Guatemalan coffee is something akin to freeze-dried Moccona. Disappointing to say the least.

Freshly ground, the coffee carries hints of jam in the aroma but brewed, it tastes very dry, slightly sweet and  very woody. Woody may not be the greatest technical term out there. Take a wooden ice-cream stick, leave it in your mouth for a minute then drag it around your mouth. Make sure the stick has plenty of contact with your teeth. For me, I’d rather hear nails on a chalkboard than go through that ice-cream stick sensation.

So I didn’t enjoy this coffee.

Trade logoGranted, not every coffee is going to be a winner. What truly disappointed me was the high expectations I had. The Finca San Bernardo is a Cup of Excellence award winner. I was so prepared to be blown away by this coffee but alas, it never happened.

For me, this was one of those coffee experiences to forget about, illustrating perhaps how much a palate can vary between people.

A serious 1 out of 5 beans ratings for this one. Avoid.

Unhappy face

Not so good.


Monmouth Coffee – FINCA LAS NUBES

Esquipulas, Guatamala. Grown by Senor Fabio Solis.Esquipulas

What they said

The farm is in the mountainous area of Esquipulas at approximately 1500m. This is high altitude for growing coffee and because of the stable climate that the altitude gives, the coffee develops and matures slowly resulting in a clean and sweet cup.

What we said

A good, sweetish coffee. Slightly under-powered but very drinkable. The crema was a little unsteady – some draws were great, others poor. Just a hint of pepper on the tongue. A rewarding cup when you don’t want a big coffee hit.

7 beans out of 10

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