Get ready for a sip of world-class Guatemalan coffee: it tastes like a fudge brownie in your mug! Guatemala El Tambor is one of our most luxurious coffees—a rich and fudgy medium roast with the soul of fresh-baked brownies. Delicate floral aromas highlight this roast’s big chocolate body, and a twist of sugary citrus zest adds a layer of gourmet complexity.
Located in the mountainous highlands just outside of Guatemala City, El Tambor means “drum”; it likely originated from the rhythmic sounds of a nearby underground river. But the name is truly apt: the farm’s owner, Victor Calderon, is known for marching to the beat of his own drum. Victor comes from a coffee-growing family for over 100 years, and always dreamed of owning his own specialty farm. In 2001, he sold his house and his car, bought the run-down El Tambor, and created a true labor of love. Since then, El Tambor has been awarded by the Guatemalan Cup of Excellence no less than 5 times for his coffees. No wonder Fonte has been sourcing Victor’s best lots directly for four years straight— they’ve found a winner.
A top coffee farm and a top coffee roaster: that’s a match made in heaven… or Seattle! Fonte, a staple of 5-star hotels all over the country, has been roasting for 25+ years. Their expertise shines in this coffee. Guatemala El Tambor is a decadent treat: a big, deep cup of fudgy chocolate brownie with a side of freshly-cut flowers. If we’re talking world-class Guatemalan coffee, El Tambor simply can’t be “beat”.
This year marks the fourth consecutive season we have offered Guatemala El Tambor from the farm of Victor Calderon. Victor represents the fifth generation of coffee farmers from a family that has been in coffee for more than 100 years. El Tambor, however, is a newer farm, located just outside of Guatemala City. Victor bought the farm at the beginning of 2001, and has realized his dream of revitalizing a farm at sufficient altitude to specialize in high-quality Arabica production.
This year's El Tambor displays the subtle complexities characteristic of this coffee in a slightly different balance. There's a bit of spice in the dry aroma, and the initial flavor notes are sweet with floral overtones. The refined acidity unfolds more citric than green apple this year, and the layered chocolate finish combines with a bit thicker body to suggest brownies right out of the oven. Notes of sweet lemon flower, candied citrus, chocolate brownie finish.