Tag: Illinois

Metropolis Coffee Company // Rwanda Nyarusiza

Metropolis Coffee Company // Rwanda Nyarusiza

The Rwanda Nyarusiza washing station is one of two owned by Epiphanie Mukashyaka, an inspirational entrepreneur in the Rwandan coffee industry. Epiphanie was widowed during the 1994 genocide but chose to stay on her family’s small coffee farm and rebuild her business. She founded Buf […]

Revolution Brewing // Revved Up Coffee Brown Ale

Revolution Brewing // Revved Up Coffee Brown Ale

This brown ale is brewed in collaboration with our friends at Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington, IN and Dark Matter Coffee here in Chicago.  Brewed with a combination of Pale, Dark Munich, Caramel 77, Chocolate malt and Flaked Oats the resulting beer has a deep brown […]

Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters // Guatemala San Pedro La Laguna

On the southwest shore of Lake Atitlan surrounded by volcanic mountains, lies the bustling town of San Pedro La Laguna. For centuries the town has been inhabited primarily by Mayan ancestors known as the Tz’utujil people. Coffee hailing from the Lake Atitlan region are grown along the slopes of the numerous area volcanoes. The coffees grown here develop clean sweetness and sparkling acidity due to the combination of rich volcanic soil, good elevation, an average rainfall of about 2,000mm, and a relatively cool average temperature. Harvested beans are washed with the waters of Lake Atitlan.

This coffee represents the best lots from some of the smallholder producers located along the West coast of Lake Atitlan.

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Guatemala San Pedro La Laguna, from Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

region: San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá Department, Guatemala
farm: N/A
producer: smallholder farmers
association: N/A
elevation: 1500 – 1600 meters above sea level
cultivars: Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai
process: fully washed, patio dried

CUPPINGNOTES

The aroma of the Guatemala San Pedro La Laguna is sweet and fragrant. Notes of caramel, toffee, apple pie, red wine, soft florals, and cooking spices.

My first few sips from the cup present my palate with a medium-bodied coffee with a soft, silky mouthfeel. The coffee is a little roasty, and I’m tasting just a little bit of copper and smoke; it’s pretty negligible, though, as it’s not overtaking the flavor profile. The flavor follows the nose; sweet flavors of caramel, toffee, nougat and juicy red apple, raisin, and plum. There’s a distinct merlot wininess to the coffee, and the roast level is really amplifying the coffee’s natural spice flavors. The allspice, clove, and black pepper nuances, coupled with the merlot tannins, are making the coffee more like a mulled wine.

FINALTHOUGHTS

Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters’s Guatemala San Pedro La Laguna is a tasty coffee, though a bit marred by its roast level. It’s a good coffee that could have been better. It possesses that classic Guatemalan flavor profile – mellow, sugary sweet, red fruits, nuts… It’s a pretty straightforward Latin American breakfast coffee, and one that I enjoyed cupping. It would have benefited from being just a touch less developed, though.

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Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters // Costa Rica Las Lajas

Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters // Costa Rica Las Lajas

Dona Francisca and Don Oscar Chacon of Costa Rica Las Lajas Micromill are third generation coffee producers in their family. They inherited their farms from their grandparents and are known for being one of the first to process high-quality Honeys and Naturals in Central America […]

Dollop Coffee // Chicago, Illinois

Dollop Coffee // Chicago, Illinois

It’s 7 a.m. and the street noise and train roars of Chicago’s Belmont Avenue bow out to Edith Piaf as I step into Dollop Coffee Co. There’s one customer who came in ahead of me, but he gets his grind to go so I’m face-to-face […]