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Las Chicas Del Café

El Patron Nicaragua Espresso

Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Origin: Nicaragua.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: CAD $13.00/16 ounces (454 grams)

Review Date: May 2011

Agtron: 46/53

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Great depth and range of sensation. Between Ken (94) and co-taster Sean Kohmescher (94) about a dozen aroma/flavor descriptors surfaced, most circling around fruit (stone fruit, wine grape, berry) and nut-toned dark chocolate. Medium to full body; silky/syrupy mouthfeel; crisply dry, flavor-saturated finish. Balanced, chocolaty and berryish in two parts milk.

Notes:

El Patron Espresso is a blend of wet-processed and dried-in the-fruit coffees from heirloom Bourbon trees produced on Nicaragua’s AromaNica farm. Sisters Maria Fiallos and Valeria Fiallos-Soliman founded Las Chicas del Café, a Canadian-based roaster specializing in coffee from the family farm. Visit www.laschicasdelcafe.com or call 519-652-3642 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: For single-origin espresso aficionados this one may be a surprise (it was for us), with the dry depth and dark chocolate we associate with Brazils supporting a brighter fruit we associate with washed Centrals or East Africas. Go Nicaragua.


This review originally appeared in the May, 2011 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos

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