Coffee Review - Nicaragua Las Hermanas FTO Coffee from Cafe Moto
  • Cafe Moto

    San Diego, California
  • Nicaragua Las Hermanas Fair-Trade Organic

Roast: Dark Review Date: May 2010
Origin: Jinotega growing region, north-central Nicaragua Price: $12.27/pound

Blind Assessment: Sweet-toned, gently pungent aroma: orangy fruit, nut, hints of caramel and flowers. In the cup delicate acidity; silky mouthfeel; sweet cocoa, caramel and raisin notes with continued hints of flowers and orangy fruit. The clean, mildly sweet finish fades rather quickly.

Notes: This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from the small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. Led by Fatima Ismael, Las Hermanas is an innovative group of female coffee farmers in Jinotega, Nicaragua who have organized to market and sell their coffee cooperatively. Founded in 1990 as a division of its parent company Pannikin Coffee and Tea, one of the West Coast's pioneering specialty coffee roasters, Cafe Moto is a second-generation family owned and operated business that encourages sustainability. Their slogan is, "We drink all we can, the rest we sell!" Visit or call 800-818-3363 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A rather delicate, quietly complex dark-roasted cup with excellent environmental and social credentials.


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