This fudgy Guatemalan cup is death by chocolate-- or, rather, it’s life by chocolate! Rich cocoa flavors abound in this smooth medium roast, with a sweet strawberry aroma and a finish like cocoa-dusted almonds and raspberries. This Guatemala Oscar Gomez is the latest and greatest from Seattle’s own Longshoreman’s Daughter, a staple of the local roasting community since 1982. Lori’s secret weapon is her ability to create medium-dark coffees that balance big flavors with a robust, toasty profile. And did we mention she’s an all-organic roaster? That’s just icing on the (chocolate) cake!
This sweet Guatemalan roast comes from CODECH, a small growers’ coop in the sky-high Sierra de Cuchumatanes, the highest mountain range in Central America. CODECH is known for producing some of the best coffees out of Guatemala’s prized Huehuetenango region, and this is one of their “best of the best”: they hold an annual competition for farmers in the coop and winners are awarded prizes and earn a premium price for their best lots. This microlot came from one of the winners, Oscar Gomez, whose coffee Lori loved so much, she bought the entire crop! We’re lucky to have the opportunity to share it with you.
This chocolatey brew bursts with flavor, strong and bold without a hint of bitter. As I sip this coffee, I'm reminded of the first roasts Matthew and I tried at Lori's historic cafe in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. Her roasts made us fall in love with coffee. Lori hand roasts her coffees fresh for the artsy Fremont neighborhood, and now the Bean Box community nationwide. Reserve a bag of Longshoreman’s fair-trade organic Guatemalan Oscar Gomez and enjoy your daily dose of rich, dark chocolate and raspberries. Decadence, thy name is coffee.