|Roaster Location:||Acton, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Mardriz Department, Nicaragua|
|Review Date:||November 2004|
Blind Assessment: Delicately rich in aroma and cup. The clean, elegant fruit suggests peach in the aroma and cherry in the cup, with a little swoon toward chocolate. The refined acidity rounds and sweetens beautifully as the cup cools, deepening toward wine.
Notes: A prize winner in the 2004 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed ninth out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 88-plus from an international jury. Certified Fair Trade, although the Cup of Excellence winning auction price of $4.10 per pound far exceeds the formula-determined Fair-Trade minimum price of $1.26 per pound. Produced from trees of the caturra variety of arabica at approximately 3,800 feet by farmer Edmundo Lopez, a member of the Alfredo Zeledon Cooperative. Terroir is a recently established microroaster selling only elite single-origin coffees, no blends. It specializes in medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries and one of the innovators who founded the Cup of Excellence. Visit www.terroircoffee.com or call 866-444-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Lovers of purity and subtlety.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2004 tasting report: Raising Coffee Consciousness: The Cup of Excellence and Green Coffee Competitions