Guatemala - La Cascada


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 Tasting Notes: We selected this coffee for its balance and clean cup flavor.  We taste the classic coffee sugar browning notes:  brown sugar, nougat, milk chocolate along with a pleasant acidity that reminds us of red apple (malic).  There is lot going in the cup but it still maintains a nice balance.  Hotter temperatures will feature the chocolate and sugar notes.  As the cup cools you may notice the red apple, and a bit of cola coming through.  We taste cola as a combination of phosphoric acid and some pleasant herbal tones.

Producer notes:

Hacienda La Cascada ("The Waterfall Estate") is named for the falls on Horst Spitzke’s Flor de Rosario coffee farm in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala.  Spitzke, who is pushing 80 years old, purchased his farm in 1988 and has been growing exceptional coffee there for the last 30 years.  The Alta Verapaz region has an interesting history in the push and pull of colonial, religious, and native influences throughout Guatemalan history.  

This resource-rich, mountainous region was named Verapaz, or "True Peace.”  Perhaps this was with wishful thinking in mind as many groups struggled to gain control of their lands over time.  Starting in the 19th century, German colonists bought coffee plantations and built a railroad to export goods from the region. This quickly led to an increase in Verapaz’s global reputation for quality. Upon the outbreak of World War II, under pressure from the United States government, Germans were expelled from Guatemala and ended up in Texas based internment camps. They were later traded to the German government for American POWs.

Today La Cascada is still owned and operated by Spitzke, a native German. This represents a small historical redemption for a coffee region whose history was tied to those original settlers.

Varietals:  Bourbon and Catuai

Processing method:  Washed

Size: 12oz

Roast level:  Light/Medium

About Us

A cup of coffee is practically a religious experience for us. We revere it, we crave it and we anticipate brewing and drinking it every day. Every coffee has a story, a history of soil, people and culture that make each one special. And it’s that combination that keeps us curious to learn about and eager to experience the next cup.

Even here in Northern California’s wine country, we believe that coffee has no culinary peer. Over 400 flavor compounds make up the unique aroma and taste that we experience when we smell and drink it. It’s that moment of astonishment at the cupping table when we crack the crust of a coffee with the right combination of those 400 compounds that drives us to find the best and highest quality lots available anywhere.


At Black Oak Coffee Roasters, we seek to express the true origin character of our coffees. Origin character is what tells the coffee’s story most vividly. We look for ripe, voluptuous sweetness and body to carry the coffee’s personality over the palate. And we want our coffee to linger in your head after you’ve tasted it, like a passage from your favorite novel.

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