Monday, March 11, 2013

The Coffee Collective - Finca Vista Hermosa, Guatemala Raw Bean

The Coffee Collective – Finca Vista Hermosa, Guatemala Raw Bean Review

TCC holds a great deal of fascination for this bean. When reading about it on their blog, and web shop, it’s very clear that they themselves has a history and dedication for the bean and farmer.

They describe it as deep chocolate, sweet, complete body and berry like acidity. Like all of their coffees it is direct trade. They recommend a light roast, but tell that it suits dark roasting as well.

I separated the 500 gr. in two batches. I only roast for espresso.

The first roast I tried as recommended light. I cut it before 2nd crack. Unfortunately my thermometer got lost, so I couldn’t follow the roast other than by sight and listening. 

 It did taste good, but just too bright for me. All the deep notes of chocolate didn’t get thru. But it was a well balanced cup even so. I taste very bright blackcurrant, when it’s settled in the mouth, I can feel the oily chocolaty notes, just not enough for my taste. I used the roast mainly for cappuccinos, and they did well.

Second roast I cut 20 seconds in to 2nd crack, they look pretty dark from the picture, but because of the natural sweetness it turned out really good. 

The berry and acidity didn’t kick thru, but I think that’s because of the dark roast. The first roast didn’t produce the thick crema I really like, the second one did. Very much.

I can defiantly relate to TCC’s description here, very deep intense sweetness, and penetrating chocolate. Extremely rich body, and the shot is very heavy. I made it at brewratio 55%, with 18 gr. coffee, and it didn’t fill very much in the cup.

I am very sad I can’t provide roast temperatures, but the cracks are very clear, and they can’t be mistaken.

Another high-end coffee from The Coffee Collective, my expectations is still fulfilled. 


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