|Fort Bragg, California
Complexly fruity and richly floral coffee - papaya, lemon, coffee fruit, hints of dusk-blooming flowers and chocolate, all ride a strong, balanced structure: good body, smooth mouthfeel, supple, sweet acidity.
Maragogipe is a botanical variety of the Arabica species that produces extremely large beans. It was first found growing near Maragogipe, Brazil in the early 20th century. This coffee is in fact from a hybrid consisting of Maragogipe crossed with the widely grown dwarf variety Caturra. This hybrid, which preserves the large bean size of Maragogipe but displays superior flavor, is labeled Maragocatur by Byron Corrales, the farmer who made the cross and produced this coffee on his farm in Aranjuez. One of the country's groundbreaking socially and environmentally progressive roasters, Thanksgiving has aimed to combine coffee quality with social and environmental responsibility long before the latter preoccupations became fashionable. Visit www.thanksgivingcoffee.com or call 800-648-6491 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Lovers of tropical austerity.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2004 tasting report: Nicaragua: Sweet, Round and Progressive