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Quaffee - Guatemala La Serenata Organic

R 225.00

We receive fresh deliveries of these coffee beans several times per week. Please allow up to 2-3 working days after you order for dispatch in case we need to wait for the next delivery.

Please understand that if you buy green / unroasted coffee that it will need to be roasted before it can be ground or brewed. The unroasted coffee is labelled as such in the Bag Size drop down menu.

Guatemala is an extremely well-respected exporter of specialty coffee. It's one of those origins that every coffee lover has probably tasted. Guatemalan coffees also are included in many blends because of their consistent quality and easy-drinking nutty flavours. The very best lots often include those archetypal characteristics but also offer much more complexity. This is just such a lot.

The coffee comes from the Huehuetenango department (or region) and was grown by a small association of local growers, who together have earned themselves organic certification. The coffee is actually named after La Serenata Huehueteca, a musical event that takes place annually on the night of Holy Wednesday.

You may be surprised to hear that we have only had a handful of Guatemalan coffees sourced and roasted by Quaffee over the many years we have worked with them. This may be because our friends behind the frog logo are particularly choosey, so we always take notice when lots from less-often selected origins appear.

Phaedon's tasting notes

Like many of the best specialty Guatemalan lots, this coffee has both archetypal characteristics, but also more unique and complex ones. The backbone is definitely nutty, with a creamy body that combines with the flavour to create a nut-butter-like effect. There is also a bright acidity which sometimes reminded me of citrus and sometimes of berries. The sweetness is reminiscent of brown sugar. I particularly enjoyed this coffee in immersion brew methods like the AeroPress and the French press as well as pour-overs and batch brews.

Quaffee's notes

  • Taste profile: Medium-bodied with malt, roasted almonds and berries.
  • Roast used: Intense heat to start, followed by medium heat until first crack, then acceleration and drop at hint second crack. Or in technical terms: a strong charge a decreased ramp rate, with a kick at the end.
  • Quaffee's brews:
    • Espresso: 1:2.1
    • AeroPress: 17.5g : 200g
    • Plunger: 48g : 800g
    • Pour over / filter: 17.5g : 300g

Coffee details

  • Producer: Caravela Coffee
  • Farmers: An association of 8 small-scale coffee growers
  • Region: Huehuetenango
  • Country: Guatemala
  • Altitude: 1,350 - 1,800 masl
  • Processing: Fully washed, sun-dried on raised beds or patios
  • Species/Variety: 100% Arabica Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Pache
  • Packaging: GrainPro packed at Souce
  • Certification: Organic Certified (EU/NOP) by IMOcert (at farm)

Quaffee's transparency information

  • Sourced from: Caravela Coffee
  • FOB price: US$5.20/pound
  • Cupping score: 84
  • Producer / Organisation: Caravela
  • Lot size: 2x69kg GrainPro Bags
  • Relationship: Our relationship with Caravela goes back to 2008