49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
Epic Espresso

Roaster Location: Flag of Canada Vancouver


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Roast Level: Light
Bean Source Country: Guatemala
Bean Source Region: Huehuetenango
Varietal: Caturra, Bourbon
Process: Washed
Character: Clean, Floral, Sweet
Altitude: 1300 -1600 ma.s.l.

Producer: Guatemala La Danta
Producer: Vides Family

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5 ratings
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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Lori S

    10 roasts rated, avg score of 4.70

    5.00 - Average

    5+ so good!
    10 months ago · See more from Lori
  • Victoria S-C

    454 roasts rated, avg score of 4.31

    5.00 - Average

    This one is really good. It goes perfectly with milk.

    Cupping Method:Lattes made by Ted

    10 months ago · See more from Victoria
  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1181 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    4.50 - Value

    4.50 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    OK, I'm on my 4th shot of this espresso...

    My wife and mother-in-law REALLY love their lattes and other milk drinks made with the 49th Epic Espresso

    I do really like it myself as an easy-to-drink, smooth espresso with a little bit of complexity. I like the balance and natural sweetness. I'm not getting big florality, fruitiness, or complexity which is what I like in my espressos. But this one's tasty and makes great milk drinks. If I started a cafe I might use this roast! But the 4.5 is just my own sipping score.

    Cupping Method:4x espressos pulled at at 95 degree C

    10 months ago · See more from Theodore (Ted)
  • Scott Greenaway

    148 roasts rated, avg score of 4.26

    4.50 - Average

    4.00 - Aroma

    5.00 - Finish

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.00 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    Very nice! Light, clean, and smooth. The balanced flavor works with the milk in a latte to create a satisfying/comforting experience.

    Cupping Method:latte

    9 months ago · See more from Scott
  • Emily Schadler

    93 roasts rated, avg score of 4.24

    5.00 - Average

    5.00 - Aroma

    5.00 - Finish

    5.00 - Flavor

    5.00 - Acidity

    5.00 - Balance

    Whoa, so smooth and light and easy. Had it as a latte, and it was truly enjoyable. I agree with a previous reviewer that it doesn't pack the complexity punch that I usually look for, but it was such easy sipping that it wins 5 stars from me.

    Cupping Method:Latte

    9 months ago · See more from Emily

More Details

Roast Level: Light
Light roast coffee is a delicately roasted coffee that retains more of the beans' natural flavors and characteristics. Light-roasted coffees have bright acidity, complex fruit, and floral notes. Light roast coffee does not have less caffeine than darker roasts because caffeine levels remain stable during roasting.
Bean Source Country: Guatemala
Guatemala is one of the main coffee-producing countries in Central America. Its volcanic soil and altitude make it ideal for producing quality arabica.
Coffee in Guatemala is grown in the high-altitude regions of the country. The country is known for producing high-quality Arabica beans, known for their well-balanced, rich, and complex flavors with notes of chocolate, fruit, and nuts with great acidity. The volcanic soil and favorable climate conditions contribute to the unique taste profile of Guatemalan coffee. The coffee industry is a significant part of the country's economy, with small-scale farmers and cooperatives being the primary producers. Guatemala represents around 2% of the world's coffee production, but due to its reputation for high quality, has an outsized impact in specialty roasts.
Bean Source Region: Huehuetenango
Specialty coffee from Huehuetenango, a region in the highlands of Guatemala, is renowned for its unique flavor profile, characterized by a complex blend of fruity, floral, and citrus notes, often complemented by a mild, chocolatey undertone. Grown at elevations ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 meters above sea level, the beans benefit from the area's microclimates, well-drained soil, and cool temperatures, which contribute to the slow maturation of the coffee cherries. Huehuetenango coffee is a favorite among connoisseurs and frequently scores high in specialty coffee cuppings.
Espresso is a concentrated coffee beverage brewed by forcing hot water through finely-ground coffee beans under high pressure. It is characterized by its rich flavor and distinctive crema—the creamy layer that forms on top of the extracted process. When evaluating espresso, coffee experts often focus on key tasting characteristics such as aroma, flavor, body, and aftertaste. Aroma refers to the fragrant smells released during brewing, while flavor encompasses the coffee's overall taste profile, including notes of sweetness, bitterness, acidity, and richness. Body refers to the coffee's texture or mouthfeel, with descriptors like full-bodied, medium-bodied, or light-bodied. Aftertaste, or the finish, pertains to the lingering flavors and sensations experienced after swallowing the coffee. A well-prepared espresso is prized for its balance and complexity, combining these sensory attributes into a harmonious whole.

Best Rated Roasts of 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters is a coffee roaster from Vancouver, Canada. We have 15 cataloged roasts with 11 total reviews with a score of 4.80.

International Rank: #13 out of 862
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