|Roaster Location:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Esteli Department, Nicaragua|
|Review Date:||November 2004|
Blind Assessment: A bold, sweetly acidy coffee with a shifting, subtle complexity. In the aroma low-toned, lushly rich fruit (apricot, papaya, even banana) leaning toward milk chocolate. In the cup brighter and higher-toned, with lemon, flowers and continued suggestions of milk chocolate. Rounds and richens as it cools, the fruit tones landing somewhere near cherry.
Notes: A prize winner in the 2004 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition, where it placed first out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 91-plus from an international jury and selling at Internet auction for a then record-breaking price of $12.50 per pound as a green (unroasted) coffee. Certified organically grown. Produced from trees of the caturra variety of arabica on the Los Delirios farm at a growing altitude of approximately 4,400 feet. Intelligentsia, under the leadership of coffee buyer Geoff Watts and president Doug Zell, has become a leading supporter and buyer of Cup of Excellence coffees. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Those who always try to take a different road home.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2004 tasting report: Raising Coffee Consciousness: The Cup of Excellence and Green Coffee Competitions