George Howell
Alaska Del Sur COE

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Acton, Massachusetts


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Roast Level: Light
Bean Source Country: Ecuador
Varietal: Traditional
Process: Washed

Cup of Excellence lot from Ecuador

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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1199 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    3.50 - Average

    1.00 - Value

    I really struggled with this one, trying 3 different extraction approaches and techniques. I have had some pretty incredible experiences with Howell's high-end microlots (Yemen, Gesha), so this one was a disappointment. I am still coming to terms with this - it happened a decent amount in exploring wine but actually less so in coffee for me.

    First off, let's just say, it's not terrible or undrinkable. It's OK. You can definitely pick up some of the mint/wintergreen notes in both the aroma and cup. I think lavender as well. So it's very unique. I think it has a persistent herbaceous/woodiness that is hard to get to get past and overwhelms the stronger characteristics. My wife felt the same way.

    I also think it may have been slightly overroasted as it plays much more like a medium roast.

    The score here is based on the fact that it's still a pretty solid cup of coffee at the end of the day, but just not worth the high-end price (I paid $59 for a 4 oz bag).

    You can't win them all and George Howell has delivered me some of the best coffee experiences of my life. Have to call it how it is though.

    Cupping Method:Hario v60, Chemex

    1 year ago ยท See more from Theodore (Ted)

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: Ecuador
Ecuadorian specialty coffee is characterized by its diverse microclimates, fertile volcanic soil, and high elevations in the Andes, resulting in beans with distinctive flavor profiles. These coffees often exhibit bright acidity, medium to full body, and complex flavors, ranging from fruity and floral to sweet and chocolatey.

Best Rated Roasts of George Howell

George Howell is a coffee roaster from Acton, MA United States. We have 38 cataloged roasts with 29 total reviews with a score of 4.33.

International Rank: #21 out of 874
Ranking is based on a combination of reviews and popularity on
Name Roast Level Bean Source
- El Salvador
Light Panama
Light Yemen


Light Costa Rica
- Burundi
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