Guatemala Huehuetenango SHB Organic Fair Trade

The Captain's Coffee

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The Captain's Coffee

Pronounced Way-Way-Ten-Nang-Go, this is one of Guatemala's best and highest grown coffees. Medium acidity and complex flavors make this a "power house" coffee. Bold, yet buttery smooth with notes of dark chocolate, caramel and cherry....
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Pronounced Way-Way-Ten-Nang-Go, this is one of Guatemala's best and highest grown coffees. Medium acidity and complex flavors make this a "power house" coffee. Bold, yet buttery smooth with notes of dark chocolate, caramel and cherry.

Arrival Date: June 3, 2016

Acidity & Brightness: Moderately Bright

Balance & Finish: Complex flavors with a long buttery finish

Body & Texture: Rich Body, Smooth Texture

Flavors: Dark chocolate, caramel, cherry and a hint of orange.

Grade: SHB, Very Dense. Average to Large Bean

Certifications: Organic and Fair Trade

Processing: Fully washed 

Roasting:  Start with a Full City to Full City + (Medium to Medium Dark), or just barely into the second crack.  If you can't hear the cracks, then roast until the beans are smooth and medium dark brown with just the first hint of sheen as the oil emerges.  This coffee roasts very evenly.

Recommendation:  For people who enjoy a bold, big coffee with distinct, complex flavors and a smooth finish. 

Our Review: 

A lot of what people think about coffee is just opinion, and here is ours:  By whatever standard you want to apply, Guatemala produces some of the world's best coffees.  Pretty large statement, huh?  Coffee expert Ken Davids agrees, calling them  "powerhouse" coffees.  We particularly like coffee from Huehuetenango (easy to say, but awful to spell, the "Hue" is just pronounced "Way", so it's Way-Way-Ten-NANG-O, or just "Way-Way" will work fine).  The elevation, soil, and climate combine to be a Garden of Eden for the coffee plant.  Abundant rainfall with a predictable dry season, and well drained volcanic soil are exactly what the coffee plant wants.  The high elevations (approaching 6,000 feet above sea level or more) insure the beans ripen slowly.  This means a denser, harder bean (important if you like to roast your coffee darkly), a more pronounced acidity (meaning a brighter, more lively cup), and a more robust or intense flavor.  When people tell us they prefer a 'bold" coffee, Huehuetenango coffee is one of our top recommendations. 

When freshly ground, depending on how dark you roasted it, you may notice raisin-fig notes.  The brewed coffee has layers of aromas, reminding us of baked apple, brown sugar and sweet citrus. As for flavors (again, depending on how dark you roast it and how you brew it), we noted dark chocolate, caramel, cherry and a hint of orange.

Have you noticed that the description is a little complex?  Understandable since this is a complexly flavored coffee with power and intensity.  All of that is not to say it is an "edgy"coffee.  The body is big and rich with a very smooth, buttery finish.  It will hold up in a variety of roast profiles and brewing methods.  It's no wonder this coffee is our best seller of all time and one that we look for all the time.  Although it was certainly not the deciding factor in whether we chose to offer this coffee, we didn't mind a bit that it is also organic and a certified Fair Trade coffee.

Returns Policy

If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.

Home Coffee Roasters

The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.

Other Items

Any item not covered by a manufacturer's warranty is warranted by The Captain's Coffee to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item to The Captain's Coffee for a replacement or refund in the form of an in-store credit. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. If applicable, the manufacturer's warranty will supersede this warranty for items sold by The Captain's Coffee.

Shipping

We currently ship to any location in the US with the notable exception that Note that Hawaii Department of Agriculture regulations won't allow us to ship raw coffee to Hawaii.

If you select the "Captain's Special" shipping method, please note that the choice of carrier and delivery method is then entirely at our discretion. For local pick-ups, please allow 24 hours for us to prepare your order before dropping by to pick it up. Shipping weight is calculated in US Pounds.

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