Origins Coffee Roasterie
Nicaragua Hacienda Santa Clotilde
|Cape Coral, Florida
|Matagalpa growing region, Nicaragua
A past-crop green coffee that faded badly in storage before roasting. The dominating character is a pungency that reads as sweet pine in the aroma and a rather salty spice in the cup.
A prize winner in the 2003 (last year's) Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed twentieth out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of just under 85 from an international jury. Produced from trees of the caturra variety of arabica on the Santa Clotilde farm at a growing altitude of approximately 3,600 feet. Now a past-crop coffee, it unfortunately shows its age. Origins Coffee Roasterie is a small-batch wholesale and retail specialty roaster serving southwestern Florida and beyond. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Aficionados who may want to sample a coffee that doubtless was fine when freshly shipped from origin, but now is shadowed by a distinct past-crop character.
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This review originally appeared in the November, 2004 tasting report: Raising Coffee Consciousness: The Cup of Excellence and Green Coffee Competitions