Guatemalan Goodness – Red Eye Bistro
Guatemalan Goodness

Guatemalan Goodness

One of the first stops on my journey into specialty coffee from small roasters was a Guatemala Huehuetenango. I had to summon my long neglected middle school Spanish skills to begin to pronounce the name (whay-whay-ten-ON-go). I didn't know if that word was a geographic marker, a type of bean, the way it was roasted, or some added flavor that was tossed in along the way. How am I supposed to learn about coffee if I can't even pronounce it? Oh, the struggles...

Huehuetenago is a city and municipality in Guatemala, a Central American country bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The area has some impressive Mayan ruins, and also happens to be one of the key coffee-growing regions in the country. 

Guatemala Huehuetenango by French Truck Coffee

Guatemala Huehuetenango from French Truck Coffee Memphis

This roast from our friends at French Truck Coffee in Memphis, Tennessee, is both a single origin and a blend. The beans are all from small-holding farmers in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala, and they are a blend of varietals: Catuai, Bourbon, Caturra, and Typica

Roast level: medium
Origin: Guatemala
Process: washed
French Truck's notes: chocolate, caramel, and cherry
My notes: medium sweetness, full-bodied, good every day roast

Without realizing it at the time, I made a wise decision trying a Huehuetenango as one of my first specialty coffees. The chocolaty, cherry, sweet notes naturally occurring in this roast register as what most of us would think of as a "good coffee" - enjoyable, richly flavored, and not so unusual as to make you question what exactly it is you're drinking. I gave it 5/5 stars.

If you're looking for a coffee to have as your new every day brew, this might be your winner. Give it a try here

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Amy, Founder of Red Eye Bistro

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