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Small Eyes Cafe

Nicaragua Mierisch Finca La Huella Yellow Pacamara Honey

Location: Yilan, Taiwan

Origin: Matagalpa growing region, Nicaragua

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $25.00/8 ounces

Review Date: November 2018

Agtron: 58/84

Aroma: 8

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Aromatically subtle, sweetly tart. Pie cherry, roasted cacao nib, pistachio, thyme, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with juicy, vibrant acidity; viscous, syrupy acidity. The finish consolidates to notes of cocoa-toned pie cherry and freesia.

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 Jose Antonio Cruz of La Huella farm entirely of the Yellow Pacamara variety of Arabica. The Pacamara is a big-beaned hybrid of the Bourbon-related Pacas and the huge-beaned Maragogipe, a mutant of the ancient Typica variety. Processed by the honey method, which means that the outer skin is removed as it is in the wet or “washed” process, but at least some of the sticky fruit residue is allowed to dry on the bean and later removed by machine along with the parchment skin. Small Eyes Café is a small, family-owned coffee shop in Yilan, Taiwan, specializing in artisanally roasted specialty coffee and homemade desserts. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Smalleyescafe for more information.

The Bottom Line: An intriguing and original Pacamara cup with pretty hints of sweet herb alongside bright fruit notes.


This review originally appeared in the November, 2018 tasting report: "Big-Bean" Coffee Varieties: Novelty, Scarcity, and Atypical Sensory Pleasures

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