Nicaragua Cup of Excellence Organic
|Roaster Location:||Santa Rosa, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Nueva Segovia growing region, Nicaragua.|
|Review Date:||October 2007|
Blind Assessment: Very sweet-toned, lavishly floral aroma, with tart coffee fruit and a hint of cedary chocolate. In the cup silky body and the pure flavor of ripe coffee fruit, lush yet crisp, with continued chocolate nuance and perhaps molasses or moist pipe tobacco. The finish reveals a hint of astringency when the cup is hot, but only a cherryish sweetness as it cools.
Notes: A prize winner in the 2007 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence (www.cupofexcellence.org) competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee farmer Milton Canales' selection placed fourth out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 90.58 from an international jury. Ecco Caffe is a small, genuinely artisan specialty roaster founded by ex-barista and kiosk owner Andrew Barnett that specializes in relatively light-roasted "Northern Italian Style" coffees particularly suitable for espresso brewing. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of the essential Nicaragua cup, low-toned and sweetly rich.
This review originally appeared in the October, 2007 tasting report: 2007 Prize-Winning Coffees from Central America and Colombia