Tag: Antigua

ReAnimator Coffee // Guatemala Los Santos

Today’s coffee hails from Beneficio Bella Vista, a mill in Antigua which processes coffee grown by many small producers in the surrounding areas. Bella Vista is owned and run by Luis Pedro Zelaya, a fourth generation coffee producer, miller and exporter—a man who has come to […]

Colectivo Coffee // Guatemala Hunapu Mountain of Flowers

Colectivo Coffee // Guatemala Hunapu Mountain of Flowers

Guatemala Hunapu Mountain of Flowers comes from a highland valley, Antigua. Antigua is a city and a coffee producing region in Guatemala’s central highlands. It is also a popular tourist attraction due to its well-preserved colonial heritage and remarkable scenery. Antigua sits in a valley […]

Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters // Holiday Blend

Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters // Holiday Blend

Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters is heading into its 30th anniversary and, to celebrate, they set out to create a version of their annual Holiday Blend that would be truly representative of the company.

To do this, the head roaster and green bean buyer called an all-company cupping and broke everyone up into teams. The groups were presented with a multitude of coffees from origins and with varying roast profiles. Then, they all scaled out recipes and submitted them for brewing. This was followed by a blind tasting and rating conversation.

The options available were Brazil, Sidamo, Guatemala El Valle, Colombia, Italian roast, and Papua New Guinea. Not all of these made it into the final roast and most of the teams only used a few of the coffees. According to their website, the final components were Colombia Huila, Guatemala Antigua, Brazil Geraís, and a “secret spice.”

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Holiday Blend, from Batdorf and Bronson Coffee Roasters in Olympia, Washington. Feel free to pull up a chair.


origin: Colombia Huila // Guatemala Antigua // Brazil Gerais
farm: N/A
producer: N/A
association: N/A
elevation: N/A
cultivars: N/A
process: N/A
certifications: N/A


Uh oh. As soon as I tore open the packaging, I knew this wasn’t going to be a pleasurable cupping experience. The beans are all very dark brown and pretty oily, and the aroma is very roasty. The Holiday Blend’s bloom is massive—it’s so gassy that it’s practically blooming out of my Chemex.

Taking my first few sips of the cup immediately post-brew… Woof. This is a heavy, full-bodied coffee, and it possesses a chewy, molasses-like mouthfeel. Each sip is packed with abrasive metal, burnt wood, smoke, and ash. Beneath it all are very, very, very subtle flavors of cranberry, toasted nuts, roasted malts, nougat, and pine, but it’s not enough to make the cupping a pleasurable experience.

Full body; chewy mouthfeel; citric acidity; dry finish.


This coffee was really overdone in terms of roast; that much was clear just looking at the oily, dark brown beans, glistening in the light of my kitchen. In the cup, it tasted like burnt wood, copper, and Nitrogen; there were faint hints of the coffee’s natural flavors, but it wasn’t enough to salvage the cup.

Holiday blends are meant to complement the season. Some are lively, fruity embodiments of “making seasons bright;” some are savory and herbal, reminiscent of pine trees, wreaths, and spices used in holiday baked goods; and while some are roasty-toasty, like “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” Batdorf and Bronson’s 2015 Holiday Blend was more like the open fire. 

This was one of the few coffees I’ve had that was practically undrinkable. I couldn’t even finish it.

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Kuma Coffee // Guatemala Finca La Folie

Kuma Coffee // Guatemala Finca La Folie

Just outside the town of Antigua is the small village of San Felipe de Jesus. And among the houses on the twisting and narrow side streets is an old coffee farm called La Folie. It is owned by Penny Matheu, having been divided off from […]