Climpson and Sons Guatemala Blend Coffee Beans
This says "Light Espresso" on the packet - and they mean it. It also says it's fruity in flavour - but this judge didn't get any of it. Not fresh fruit served in the Guatemala rain forest anyway - maybe a waft of tinned fruit cocktail served in a Little Chef. It's all just a bit too weedy for my liking - though it does have flavour and I can appreciate there's quality here - just not enough of it. Maybe if we spoon it up, big time, it'll get the church bells ringing, but at the standard dosage this is one for your mum. And I mean your mum, not mine, who is as hard as nails. (6/10)
"Fruit notes of the Guatemala dominate, with a medium-to-full strength of body. We offer Guatemala as a blend for our wholesale customers using “bulk brewers” at their cafes, and many use it in pour-over filter, aeropress and cafetiere commercially as well. It has also been popular in cafes with a guest espresso grinder, as an alternative to the bolder house blends. At the roastery we love it in a flat white. If you make an espresso, extract longer (say 32g of extraction) and the effect is a wonderful smooth yet fruit-laden shot. This is because the low percantage of the non-Guatemalan coffee is there to lower the acidity and add sweetness. If you extract shorter, you will get a very fruity yet milk-chocolatey ristretto. In milk this makes a wonderful base. Filter and other methods should dose at normal strength, of say 60-70g per litre of water. Coffee details and ratios are as follows: 75% Guatemala Finca El Platanillo Maragogype. Intense, sweet with citrus notes and a pleasing acidity. 25% Colombian Excelso Medellin. Sweet, medium-bodied, milk acid, floral."