I’d like to thank Passion House Coffee Roasters for being so kind to send me a bag of this Guatemala El Limonar along with a bottle of their cold brew which will be posted in the coming weeks. This will be my first time trying any coffee from Passion House Coffee Roasters, but after reading so many wonderful reviews from Drew over at A Table in The Corner of The Cafe, I have a pretty good feeling my experience will be good.
For this particular coffee I took note from Randy Levine’s review over at SnobCoffery and borrowed his recipe tweaking it ever so little. I found the Clever Dripper to be a good choice for this coffee.
Clever Coffee Dripper:
25/347g • Grind beans on coarse side or #24 on Preciso • Time: 2:30 including 30 second bloom (enough water to saturate)
Even though I overshot the water by a few grams, I found it to be a happy mistake.
The moment you put your nose to the cup you are greeted with a honey sweetness. As the cup begins its cooling phase, a cherry note along with raisins begin to flow out from the cup. A few minutes later a citrus play came through which seemed to take over the cup, but soon after I was beginning to smell hints of lime and grapefruit.
Prepare your tongue for a serious wake up call. A deep grapefruit acidity coats your tongue shaking it awake. Underneath the grapefruit acidity is a mild chocolate play that greets you and then stalks your tongue.
When the cup begins to cool ever so slightly, a zesty lime note appears. Drew from A Table In The Corner Of The Cafe mentioning the coffee having a “bubbly mouthfeel” and a “slight carbonation of tonic or soda water.” I’d have to agree! For me, it has a mild “bubbly mouthfeel” behind the lime zest on my tongue. All I need now are some pop rocks and I can really get this party on my tongue started.
The cup keeps changing and progressing more as the cup cools. I can now taste a beautiful honey like sweetness with a touch of raisins underneath. Once again the grapefruit acidity takes center stage making itself known, but disappears leaving this sweet chocolate play to grow and linger into the aftertaste.
As you brew this coffee the aroma hits you with ripe peaches and hydrangeas. Your first sip, the fresh floral flutters to the roof of your mouth while peaches and nectarine skin flood your cheeks. Sparkling lime soda water hits the sides of your tongue and tupelo honey settles into your tongue. Notes of fresh fig play well with all the peaches. The finish leaves you with the richest of milk chocolate and creamy caramel. ~ Passion House Coffee Roasters
This was an interesting coffee for the reason that this is the first time in awhile where the Woodneck didn’t make it to the list of my favorite brewing methods for a particular coffee. When I tried the Guatemala in the Woodneck, oddly enough I found a grapefruit acidity that was quite bright. I would have thought I would have found more sweetness in the cup, but instead it was a complete opposite.
The Clever Dripper was definitely a perfect fit, at least for my tongue.
Info About This Coffee
Region: El Injerto, Huehuetenago
Farm/Farmer: Finca El Limonar
Altitude: 5800 Meters
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai
You can read more about this coffee and purchase here.