Origin: Guatemala, Central America Body: Full-bodied Roast: Medium-Strong Roast (4) Summary of taste: Honey and chocolate sweetness Whittard recommends: Using a filter, cafetire or pour over and enjoying black or with milk according to taste When to drink: Whenever you need a kick-start
This coffee really is the giant of all coffees! It delivers a huge taste from a huge bean, undeniably strong but without any hint of bitterness. It is a great way to kick-start the day or stave off that mid-afternoon lull.
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 flavors. No ashiness and some gentle chocolate notes. Big, brave and bold - and it worked."
The coffee gets its name from its enormous beans, grown on Arabica bushes on small plantations on the fertile volcanic slopes of Lake Atitlan. Extremely rare and highly prized, the plantations combine their precious harvests and take them to local cooperatives to be pulped. The massive elephant beans are roasted to a deep shade of mahogany to bring out their rich full-bodied taste.
Guatemalan Elephant Coffee is a decadently rich coffee for any time of day, with a delicious hint of chocolate and oozing honey sweetness.
For the freshest and best tasting coffee, please consume within 4 weeks.
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
8th February 2012 Posted by
Mr R P Warwick
I love this coffee, Simply adore the aroma and taste, I was shocked when i first saw the size of the beans, They take a little longer to grind but well worth the effort, Recommend this coffee to everyone
30th November 2011 Posted by
Have had this for special treats a few times. The aroma is amazing and the flavour is to 'die for'! If you ever want to try just one coffee, then this is the one - I just love it!
31st October 2011 Posted by
I've been buying Guatemala Elephant dark roast coffee for a number of years now. It is absolutely one of my favourites - very rich and strong but not at all bitter. Expensive but worth it.