Coffee Review: BuyWell’s Guatemala Fuego

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Reviews

I have a little ritual on Sundays: brew a pot of coffee, turn on the tube and watch the the talking head shows. So when the folks over at BuyWell (their ad is in the middle column) contacted me and said they wanted to send me some organically grown coffee to try, I jumped at the chance.

The first one I’m brewing is Guatemala Fuego. It’s a medium roast and the bag says it hails from the village of Pasac and is “alive with blueberry and rich as brownie batter.”

The first thing I notice when making any coffee is what it smells like when I grind it, and the Fuego definitely lives up to brownie batter part of the description. Fantastic aroma. However, once brewed, I find that many coffees don’t really retain the same smell, but this kept it and filled the house. Definitely a bonus.

Truth be told, I’m not usually a fan of medium roasts, but this one is more on the darker side, although it sort of sneaks up on you. If you drink coffee you’ll know what I’m talking about here. Especially if you like french roasts, espresso or sumatran varieties. Those kind of jump up and down on your palette (which I like) but the Fuego treads lightly. And to that point, the finish is pretty amazing and I’m getting a lot of chocolate in there. I actually sliced up a banana and that combo was a big winner.

Long story short, this is a 9 out of 10 for me. I’ll definitely buy it when I run out…which should be very soon. :-)

One last note, if you care about fair trade and sustainability, you’ll want to take a look at BuyWell’s line. From their website…

BuyWell was founded with a big dream: to combat poverty and to protect the environment through coffee. With over 25 million coffee-growing families living on less than $2 a day, BuyWell founders recognized the need for a more equitable coffee business model. To achieve this goal, BuyWell sources, roasts, packages, and distributes only 100% Fair Trade and Organic certified coffees.

More reviews soon…


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2 Responses to “Coffee Review: BuyWell’s Guatemala Fuego”

  1. Jim S Says:

    It sounds good, Justin. I’m going to have to try and remember that and pick some up in a couple of weeks or so.

  2. Donklephant » Blog Archive » Coffee Review: BuyWell’s French Roast Says:

    [...] grind smelled just as good as the Guatemalan Fuego, but for different reasons. Lots of strong, robust [...]

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