The Drink: Guatemala Oriflama From Java City
Type: Light Roast Whole Bean
Overall Rating: 3.75 Out Of 5 Coffee Mugs
There’s a lot of great coffees out there, but sometimes it’s not the coffee itself that makes it great. Not saying that Guatemala Oriflama from Java City isn’t great, I enjoyed drinking this coffee, but the story behind the beans is what makes this coffee great to me.
It all starts on a coffee farm in Guatemala called Finca Oriflama, a farm that’s RainForest Alliance certified. That’s great, but Java City doesn’t stop there. They actually travel down to Guatemala to work with the farmers to produce a high quality crop, while decreasing the farm’s impact on the environment. They don’t stop there. They believe in a partnership with the farm that goes beyond the coffee, one that supports nutrition for the farmer and their families, as well as a day care center.
There are more and more companies with similar initiatives and programs and I wish I could list them all here, but there’s not enough of them that do work to make a difference.
Before I go to much further on one of my tangents, I suppose I should talk about the coffee. They say it’s composed of beans that have a naturally bright acidity, lightly roasted to produce a cup that is both juicy and nutty, with a smooth body, and a finishing touch of floral notes. Sounds delicious and I couldn’t wait to try it.
It wasn’t hard to miss the aroma. For a light roast fan like me, it was almost like paradise. It had a light roast aroma, filled with a nutty flavor and a distinct floral scent. It was almost like walking by a florist that had their front door open on a sunny day.
The aroma was great, but the taste was even better. It was a smooth sip, filled with nutty flavor with a tart citrus around the edges and hints of lemon mixed in. The after taste had more of the citrus lingering on my tongue.
A 12 ounce bag of Guatemala Oriflama is $9.99 on the Java City website.
Guatemala Oriflama from Java City earned a solid 3.75 on the Daily Shot Of Coffee rating scale. Dark roast people should check out some of their other offerings, but light roast fans should check this one out.