Terroir Coffee

Nicaragua Madriz Cup of Excellence Single Origin Espresso

Location: Acton, Massachusetts

Origin: Madriz, Nicaragua

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: May 2006

Agtron: 56/67

Aroma: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 9

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicate but deep aroma: flowers, orange, peach, with a suggestion of chocolate. In the small cup smooth, substantial mouthfeel, sweetly crisp in flavor with hints of cedar, lemon, and dry-toned peach. Resonant, impeccably clean finish. Chocolate and fresh leather in milk, with continued complicating hints of peach and orange.


A prize winner in the 2005 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition as a green (unroasted) coffee. Terroir is a microroaster selling only elite single-origin coffees, no blends. It specializes in medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. The single-origin philosophy extends to its new line of single-origin “Espressos of the Month,” of which this coffee is one. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world’s leading coffee visionaries. Visit www.terroircoffee.com or call 866-444-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value elegance and balance.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2006 tasting report: Better than Ever: Boutique Espressos

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