Old Soul Co.

Nicaragua Pacamara Reserve Los Congos

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: San Fernando, Nueva Segovia region, Nicaragua.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2014

Agtron: 56/73

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Deep, sweetly pungent, intricate. Black currant, jasmine, banana sweetness, minty dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Richly rounded acidity; full, buttery mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly chocolate and black currant, lasts far into the long finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as a tie for the #29 coffee in the Coffee Review Top 30 Coffees of 2014.  This lot is comprised entirely of the much admired, bold-bean Pacamara variety of Arabica, a cross between the giant-beaned Maragogipe variety and Pacas, a selection of the heirloom Bourbon. This is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Los Congos, established in 1997, is an award-winning farm run by the Paguaga family, leading coffee producers for several generations. Old Soul is a roastery, bakery and crafter of artisan goods dedicated to quality in every form. Visit www.oldsoulco.com or call 916-443-7685 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who prefer depth and resonance to brightness in an engagingly complex coffee.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2014 tasting report: Geshas and the Rest: Single-Variety, Single-Lot Coffees

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