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Guatemala Elephant Coffee

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April's Coffee of the Month

Origin: Guatemala, Central America
Body: Full-bodied
Roast: Medium/Dark Roast (4)
Summary of taste: Honey and chocolate sweetness
Whittard recommends: Using an AeroPress, Stove Top or Cafetière 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.


Pure Guatemala arabica beans from El Platanillo estate.

Packed in an environment where nuts are handled.

Brew a Perfect Cup

Follow the manufacturer's equipment instructions Always use fresh water. Use water just off the boil so you don't scald the coffee. Do not re-heat brewed coffee.

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Average customer rating based on 30 reviews

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!!!

Posted by Patricia Green (29th December 2014)


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.

Posted by Alex (16th November 2014)


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.

Posted by Simon (8th December 2013)


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.

Posted by Jacqui Riegel (7th December 2013)


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.

Posted by Trev (29th November 2013)

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