Lab Notes Coffee – Guatemala FInca La Labor

Guatemala Finca La Labor from Lab Notes Coffee


roaster: Lab Notes Coffee; Mesa, AZ
origin: Guatemala
price: $16
tasting: 3/25/19

This single origin coffee comes from Lab Notes Coffee in Mesa, Arizona. They’re a micro-roaster coffee company, that was started last year by a husband and wife team. They offer a handful on quality coffees and are a great representation of the type of craft roasters we love to promote.

The interesting note about these beans is they’re actually grown inside the city limits of Guatemala City. They’re three varietals of beans, bourbon, typica & catuai, which is very common to find these three together. As an espresso it really shined as a single origin, the flavors of chocolate and lemon. It had nice crema and smooth and balanced flavors through-out the espresso shot.

Espresso Rating – 89pts.

As a pour over coffee it didn’t carry through with the same quality of flavors we tasted in the espresso. It’s a medium to dark roast coffee that was smooth, and well balanced. The pour over coffee would appeal to most coffee drinkers, however the richness and flavors of the coffee lacked a little.

Coffee Rating – 84pts.

Special thanks to Luke from Lab Notes for the coffee, visit them at

About our ratings – For both ratings (espresso & pour over) we’re looking at the flavor profile, along with drink-ability and balance. Reviewing the coffee as the espresso gives us extra insights into the nuanced flavors of the beans.