Paradise Roasters

Jinotega Geisha

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Jinotega growing region, Nicaragua

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.95/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 53/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, subtly and richly sweet. Dried hibiscus, pistachio, black currant, roasted cacao nib, myrrh in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory, gently bright structure; smoothly satiny mouthfeel. The finish, both deeply sweet and richly drying, consolidates to dried hibiscus in the short, while cocoa-toned black currant with a hint of myrrh return in the long.


This coffee tied for the highest rating in a tasting of 55 Nicaragua coffees for Coffee Review‘s October 2017 tasting report. Produced by Domingo Vargas entirely from trees of the rare and celebrated Gesha (also spelled Geisha) variety of Arabica. Processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot Arabica and Robusta coffees from Asia and other emerging origins. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An engaging ride of a Nicaragua Gesha: high-toned, balanced, discreetly confident, complete.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2017 tasting report: The New Nicaragua: Direct Trade Coffees Rule

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