Origin: Guatemala, Central America Body: Full-bodied Roast: Medium/Dark Roast (4) Summary of taste: Honey and chocolate sweetness Whittard recommends: Using a filter, cafetière or pour over and enjoying black or with milk according to taste When to drink: Whenever you need a kick-start
They say an elephant never forgets, and this bold-tasting bean is likely to leave a lasting impression.
Cultivated on the fertile volcanic slopes of Lake Atitlán, the giant, glossy Guatemala Maragogype beans are quite a curiosity, dwarfing most other beans at almost triple the size! They also trumpet a bold flavour, with deep roasted bass tones, soft fruity top notes, finished with a smooth, well-balanced chocolatey sweetness. A Gold Winner of the Great Taste Awards in 2011, the judges described our Guatemala Elephant Coffee as a "heavy roast that actually delivers. Well balanced flavours. No ashiness and some gentle chocolate notes. Big, brave and bold - and it worked."
With its striking wholebeans and complex taste profile, Guatemala Elephant has well-earned status as one of the best-loved coffees in our range. To celebrate, we’ve given it a brand new look as part of our collection of beautiful filled caddies – crown this big-tasting coffee king of your kitchen shelf.
I brought this coffee for my parents and sister to share with some vanilla syrup, at first I was really looking forward to so when we had some I was really shocked because it was delightful smooth and not to strong, 2 sugars for me and this is perfect.
29th December 2014 Posted by
This coffee is my Whittards favourite: it is strong, full bodied, but with no bitter aftertaste. It is best drunk black without sugar.
I use a Cuissinart coffee maker and I've found that the Expresso grind is best for my machine.
After all the shops in my vicinity closed, I missed Whittards so much that I started buying in bulk online.
I always have at least two 250g bags of Guatemala Elephant in my freezer and start getting withdrawal symptoms if I have only one bag!!!
16th November 2014 Posted by
I honestly think this coffee is barely drinkable. This is better than the cheaper instant coffees, but that's about the best thing I can say. It brews very harshly and generally has a burnt taste. The coffee was not particularly fresh either and had a stale taste to it. It reminds me of a certain well known chain (known for it's over roasting) when you get the bottom of the barrel a few hours after it has been brewed; and this is fresh from an aeropress.
There is no other coffee
8th December 2013 Posted by
My wife bought me a Gagia for my birthday a few years ago and I began my search for a great coffee. Several beans later I arrived at Guatemala Elephant and I haven't tried anything else since. I don't think Blue Mountain is as nice, incidentally, and there isn't really anything else I've found that comes close to GM. Peter (post 5) - if you're referring to Ashford, Kent in your review, you might be pleased to know that Nasons in Canterbury has a Whittards outlet in store.
The best coffee ever
7th December 2013 Posted by
If you are going to treat yourself to a coffee , then have a good one, and never an instant.
This coffee is it.
Tastes exactly as described, and is enjoyed by drinking it hot and slow, accompanied by Mejool dates.
Back for more.
29th November 2013 Posted by
Since being spoilt with this. I find that I use this as a benchmark, and not a lot compares. Blue Mountain obviously, but at an incredibly higher price. The fact that it bears comparison should tell you all you needs to know. This is silky, sweet, with a bite that is in no way bitter or acidic. Deep, complex flavour, at a bargain price.
3rd September 2013 Posted by
WE BUY THIS COFFEE IN BEAN FORM A LOT, IT IS A STRONG TASTE. I USED TO PURCHASE FROM THE ASHFORD BRANCH WHICH IS ABOUT A 1/2 HOUR JOURNEY FROM WHERE I LIVE, BUT, FOUND THIS SHOP HAS GONE.I NOW GET WHEN ON HOLIDAY IN SOMERSET (CLARKS VILLAGE) OR ON THE WEBSITE BUT IS MORE EXPENSIVE AS NO OFFERS AVAILABLE!!
I AM STILL LIKING THIS COFFEE EVEN THOUGH YOUR SHOPS ARE GETTING FURTHER AWAY.
9th July 2013 Posted by
This is a great coffee and certainly not bitter and weak as described by Loopy. But then I suppose she is loopy. Christina Firth's review is about bang on- the coffee is deep, mellow with chocolaty overtones. BUT these are BIG beans and they don't flow through my coffee machine well and I imagine this will be a problem with most machines with built in grinders, so unless you are happy to stand over the machine pushing them through or are hand grinding and using a cafetiere I would avoid. Would have been 5 stars for taste but one off for convenience issues!
24th April 2013 Posted by
Purchased this after seeing good reviews online and it's 'great taste' award but was very disappointed. I found the taste to be bitter and weak, certainly not worth the price tag.
13th July 2012 Posted by
Will be buying a large bag of these next weekend after trying several different beans. Very complex taste with hints of dark chocolate & no nasty after taste.
1kg goes so quickly
9th June 2012 Posted by
Whittard shop in Southampton gave me the choice I requested, by way of smelling the coffee beans. This was the first of 5 I tried, had to come back to it. 1 kg bag bought in the shop there and then.
4 weeks later, shy of £30, have run out and, like others, need to either go back to their big shop, or wait for online delivery.
No complaints about the coffee, although it did go quickly, no one else seems to provide Whittard choice.
14th April 2012 Posted by
Great taste, best at this price
9th April 2012 Posted by
If you like you're coffee strong, but not too bitter, then this is the coffee for you. It offers a really bold taste without the downsides, and simultaneously gives a very smooth after-taste to match. Win!
Very slow delivery
7th April 2012 Posted by
Five days to deliver is ridiculous, and only average coffee. Other companies ship with next day delivery the day after the beans are roasted, so will not use again.
simply the best!
26th March 2012 Posted by
This is now the only coffee we buy, the taste is lovely, bitter coffee with a subtle chocolate taste but not nasty after taste, We have tried other Whittards Coffee beans before but none of them compare to this Guatemalan Elephant coffee.
My only grip, not with the coffee but with Whittards is that my local shop (which is now 30 miles away) never have it in stock and delivery is expensive on the website for the beans, but they are the best!
Guatemala Eephant coffee
21st March 2012 Posted by
Guatemala Elephant really is the best tasting coffee I have ever had and at 63 years old I have tasted a few. I also leaves a wonderful aroma in the kitchen which is so pleasing to come home to.
12th March 2012 Posted by
I use this in my cafetiere - having been to Guatemala and seen where this stuff comes from - high in the cool volcanic mountains with plenty of rain, this is a top quality bean with a lovely flavour
9th March 2012 Posted by
A delicious coffee, full of flavour without being controversial (if you like coffee you will like the Guatemala Elephant).
A firm favourite.
Like an elephant; big but gentle
27th February 2012 Posted by
Someone bought me a taster pack of different Whittards coffees (I'm a big coffee fan) and the Elelphant stood (as you would expect of an elephant) head and shoulders above the rest! It's big and bold but still gentle on the palette.
14th February 2012 Posted by
No other beans come close to Guatemala Elephant...strong roast with no bitter taste, very smooth. It's a shame the foil bags aren't always used for this coffee as I buy in bulk