Counter Culture Coffee

Nicaragua 5 de Junio Maragojipe

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Origin: Las Sabanas, Nicaragua

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $12.75/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2011

Agtron: 64/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deep-toned, rose-like floral notes dominate aroma, cup and finish, with fresh-cut fir, nectarine-like fruit and ripe lemon complications. Intense, sweetly tart acidity; silky mouthfeel; long, rich finish.


Maragogipe (Maragojipe in Spanish; also spelled Maragogype) is a variety of Arabica first discovered growing near the Brazilian town of the same name. It is a seldom-grown variety that produces enormous beans. Paradoxically, these enormous beans tend to produce a cup rather delicate in sensory profile. Located in the mountainous far north of Nicaragua, the Cinco de Junio Cooperative’s membership is exceptionally strong and diverse, with farms of various sizes joining to produce exceptional coffees. Counter Culture is a wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit www.counterculturecoffee.com or call 888-238-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Light roasting develops the floral sweetness of this pure and delicate coffee.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2011 tasting report: Nicaragua: Continuity and Innovation

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