Roaster: Modcup Coffee
Source: Guatemala - Pacamara
I picked up this Guatemala from Modcup because I had tried another one of their coffees through Angels' Cup(CoffeeHunter16441), and picked that up with this one. This coffee boasts strawberry and fruit punch notes, and for the most part delivers.
An interesting note, Modcup actually recommends waiting 2-3 weeks before brewing to get the full flavor of the coffee. This is interesting, because my general rule of thumb is to try and have the coffee as close to roast date as possible. Now, there is a certain rest period for the majority of coffees, that is required for some of the natural gasses to fully leave the freshly roasted bean. This rest period is usually 3-5 days, not weeks. Each day after the initial rest period, for most coffees, you lose some of that flavor profile. If you visit a local roaster or coffee shop you will most likely find your bag of coffee was roasted 3-5 days ago, minimum. Being a week or two out from roast isn't normally the end of the world, but going much further it becomes a bit more obvious that the coffee has started to lose some flavor. I am certainly not about to say the coffee I drink must be within 1-2 weeks of roast, it isn't realistic for me. However, I do aim for that timeframe, and wanted to point out why I thought this suggestion from Modcup was interesting.
I actually waited to write this until I got a bit further from roast date to be able to test their suggestion. My coffee was roasted on December 27th, putting today a few days before 3 weeks.
The primary flavor of this coffee with each cup brewed is that fruit punch note. When I say fruit punch I don't mean the powdery punch mix or the capri suns. I mean, if you took a couple of pure juices and mixed them. Specifically, dark juices such as cherry, strawberry, and cranberry. After that you get some of the lighter flavors, almost floral, with a little bit of citrus. The flavor notes aren't strong but they are there, it doesn't bring the heavy fruit notes like an Ethiopian, and a bit more acidic, but still very pleasant.
I don't know if it was just the power of suggestion or if it the notes actually improved towards the end, but I feel as though I noticed the fruit notes more the further into the bag I got. I also have to admit that the coffee did not lose any flavor and, if anything, balanced itself out after the 2 week mark.
I definitely put this above other Guatemalan coffees I have had, regardless of time from roast, and is certainly worth a try. You can pick up a bag from Modcup here and if you get over $30 worth of coffee, the shipping is free!