Maragogype is another name for the Elephant coffee bean that has caused me such troubling mental imagery before. It’s a South American coffee, in this case coming from the Chiapas region of Mexico.
This is Cherizena‘s Jumbo Maragogype, although I’m not sure they’re any more Jumbo than a standard elephant coffee bean.
The grounds have a wonderfully fruity aroma with rich dark berries against a hint of milk chocolate. Brewed, the fruit is considerably reduced, and there’s more of a woodland smell; that rich aroma of wet leaves and old wood – I know that doesn’t sound good in a coffee, but it’s actually really rather pleasant.
The taste doesn’t quite live up to the tantalising promise of the aroma, however. It’s a decent enough coffee, with some dark fruit flavours quickly yielding to a generous, but not overwhelming bitterness. It’s got some body to it, and a nice but gentle tannic finish, but it’s not setting my world alight.
On the taste alone, it probably only deserves 2.5 stars, but the aroma of the grounds bumps it up to 3 stars.