There’s something to be said for coffee, that’s strong enough for you to be completely awake, no matter how little sleep you’ve been getting. Those are my type of brews, as I want something that is as full bodied as it can be. Yet, there’s also afternoon/evening types of coffees, or for those who don’t want to get their “tails” handed to them or make their heart skip a bit, more mellow alternatives. Most of these bore me, and until recently, I have not found a coffee that would have crossover appeal. Yet Kirklands Guatemalan Brew does. It starts off with a punch, and with a bit of drinking, becomes a bit laid back without becoming a wimpy cup of coffee. Everyone in your house will find something positive about it, no matter “which side of the coffee fence” you sit upon.
The best part about the Kirkland Guatemalan Brew is its taste. There’s no denying its complexity, as there are hints of strong chocolate and nuts, along with a bit of sweetness to round it out. I found there to be some hints of berry and citrus as well, and I like how these flavors just seem to marinade in perfect harmony. Its a distinctive cup, that has real character to it, and I am especially impressed with how it mellows out. The first few sips are going to knock you back a bit, but then it just cools down a bit with the eye opening strength, and allows you to read the paper in contentment or make your commute just a bit better. In the afternoon, I like it for these properties, and while it gives you strength in the morning, you won’t be up all night regretting it later.
Coffee beans generally aren’t very interesting. However, these are, as they have a shine to them as soon as you see them. They seem to just reflect the sun or kitchen lights rays, and while they are dark in color, they do lighten up a bit after grinding. Even the smell permeating from the bag is delightful, and causes great anticipation. Thankfully you won’t be disappointed by the “olfactory hype,” and this is now among my favorite coffees. You can drink it black, and I don’t think sugar is needed due to its sweetness, but milk won’t foul it up. However, I prefer it just the way it is, as its just that delicious and refreshing at the same time.
I don’t have any complaints about this coffee. If you want a food pairing, try it with a raisin based cereal or pastry. Its certainly of high quality, and at $14 for three pounds in most places, its really a “steal.” The quality is as high as coffees that are twice the cost, and the bright blue packaging is hard to mix. When I think of Guatemala, I generally think of the Mayan people or the volcanoes that are prevalent in its territory. Now I have to give a nod to this coffee with beans from there, as its a fine brew that makes my days so much better. If you see it, it is a must buy, because coffees are hard to find that are truly this delicious.