Hale Coffee Company
Nicaragua La Benedicion Pacamara
|Roaster Location:||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Coffee Origin:||La Providencia, Jalapa, Nicaragua|
|Est. Price:||CAD $15.00/200 grams|
|Review Date:||November 2018|
Blind Assessment: Fruit-toned, richly sweet. Raspberry liqueur, sandalwood, roasted cashew, honeysuckle, orange zest in aroma and cup. Deeply sweet in structure with high-toned, juicy acidity; full, satiny-smooth mouthfeel. Notes of cashew and honeysuckle lead in the short finish, with sandalwood and hints of raspberry liqueur in the long.
Notes: This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from big-bean varieties for Coffee Review’s November 2018 tasting report. Produced by Luis Alberto Balladarez at La Benedicion farm entirely of the Pacamara variety of Arabica. The Pacamara is a big-beaned hybrid of the Bourbon-related Pacas and the huge-beaned Maragogipe, itself a mutant of the ancient Typica variety. This is a dry-processed or “natural” version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the soft fruit residue has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Hale Coffee is a Toronto-based specialty coffee micro-roaster that sources the highest quality coffee for both wholesale and retail customers. Visit https://www.halecoffee.com/ for more information.
The Bottom Line: A richly fruit-forward natural-processed Nicaragua Pacamara with a pleasing sweet-ferment edge we read as berry liqueur.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2018 tasting report: "Big-Bean" Coffee Varieties: Novelty, Scarcity, and Atypical Sensory Pleasures