Nicaragua Madriz Cup of Excellence Single Origin Espresso by Terroir Coffee Review |
  • Terroir Coffee

    Acton, Massachusetts
  • Nicaragua Madriz Cup of Excellence Single Origin Espresso

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: May 2006
Origin: Madriz, Nicaragua Price: $19.95/12oz

Blind Assessment: Delicate but deep aroma: flowers, orange, peach, with a suggestion of chocolate. In the small cup smooth, substantial mouthfeel, sweetly crisp in flavor with hints of cedar, lemon, and dry-toned peach. Resonant, impeccably clean finish. Chocolate and fresh leather in milk, with continued complicating hints of peach and orange.

Notes: A prize winner in the 2005 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition as a green (unroasted) coffee. Terroir is a microroaster selling only elite single-origin coffees, no blends. It specializes in medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. The single-origin philosophy extends to its new line of single-origin "Espressos of the Month," of which this coffee is one. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries. Visit or call 866-444-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value elegance and balance.


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