Last week we ordered from Intelligentsia via their “in season” site. I love this site, as it keeps even the most elementary student of coffee informed of what is in season AND the best information on brew temps and such.
We purchased a bag of their Itzamna, Guatemala and evidently people have made a “run” on Intelly for this coffee because they have taken it down from the purchase site, but it is still viewable on “in season.” This is a rich coffee. I have just utterly been amazed in the past year at Guatemala coffees.
I have taken every press I have made and from smell and visual of steeping, to the visual of pouring, smell, taste after pushing the piston in and the whole nine yards I ask the wife “So, what did I press this morning? The Guatemala or the Ethiopian Yirg? She and I both have a hard time telling which is which. I think this is a statement of how great the Guatemala is and how far things are coming along in Central and South America. A couple of years ago I wasn’t interested in that region, at all. If they get that back in stock, it is a real find! If you like citrus and the usual Yirgy style coffees, this is it.
The Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is no exception to be great. I guess it isn’t “in season” but it is still a wonderful cup of coffee. I don’t need to elaborate here. Citrus, fruity, earthy, taste of lemons. Fantastic.
The thing that was the amazing part out of all of this was the espresso: Black Cat Single Origin Espresso: La Maravilla, Guatemala and at $9.00 per HALF pound I was nerveous. Don’t be, I am here to tell you this: PEANUT BUTTER! This stuff was all about peanuts, peanut butter, thick and smooth as silk. They said it would have a “heavy chocalate bottom.” More like a heavy Peanut Butter bottom without the salmonella!
It isn’t only worth the money, I am wanting more of it RIGHT NOW!
Enjoy folks and please comment!