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South Slope Coffee Roasters

Nicaragua Finca Idealista

Location: Asheville, North Carolina

Origin: Matagalpa growing region, Nicaragua

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2019

Agtron: 54/68

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly sweet, vibrantly bright. Pink grapefruit zest, cocoa nib, apricot, hazelnut, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with pert acidity; delicately silky mouthfeel. The gentle finish centers around notes of apricot and cocoa nib supported by rich hazelnut and hints of cedar.

Notes:

This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of coffees submitted by North American roasters in business for two or fewer years for Coffee Review’s October 2019 tasting report. Produced by Benjamin Weiner at Finca Idealista entirely of the Caturra variety of Arabica and processed by the traditional wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). South Slope Coffee, based in Asheville, North Carolina, was founded in 2018. Visit southslopecoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A high-toned Nicaragua cup showing a range of stone fruit, cocoa, and sweet nut in harmonious balance.


This review originally appeared in the October, 2019 tasting report: Idealism and Achievement: 8 New North American Roasting Companies

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