Greyfriar's Coffee and Tea

Nicaragua Selva Negra

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Origin: Segovia growing region, Nicaragua.

Roast: Medium-Dark

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Review Date: July 2008

Agtron: 43/58

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Rich, deep, sweetly low-toned coffee. Nut, cedar, hints of orange and chocolate in the aroma. In the cup syrupy in mouthfeel with continued hints of nut, cedar, molasses, and a cocoa-buttery chocolate. Simple but sweet finish.


The name Selva Negra (Black Forest) reflects the nostalgia of this pioneering coffee farm’s 19th century German founders. In the 21st century its fourth-generation owners have reinvented Selva Negra as a celebrated agri-tourism destination, a completely self-sufficient, sustainable farm community with extensive forest reserves and a very characteristic Nicaragua coffee. Greyfriar’s is a small-batch, artisan coffee roaster with a cafe in Chattanooga, Tennessee and an Internet presence under the name Rare Coffee. Visit www.rarecoffee.com or call 423-267-0376 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A moderately dark roast rounds an already agreeably full-bodied, low-toned coffee.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2008 tasting report: Readers' Choice 2008: Hearty Coffee from the Heartlands

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