Barrington Coffee Roasting Co.
Nicaraguan Selva Negra Estate
|Roaster Location:||Lee, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||Matagalpa, Nicaragua|
|Review Date:||August 2009|
Blind Assessment: Honey-sweet tangerine aroma, with hints of cantaloupe and strawberry. Bright fruit-toned acidity, medium body with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Tangy lime and lemon in front sweeten toward toast and honey, finishing cleanly with a mild suggestion of chocolate.
Notes: This coffee is certified organically grown and Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. It was produced on the Selva Negra (Black Forest) farm, a name that 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, impeccably sustainable farm community with extensive forest reserves and a very characteristic Nicaragua coffee. Selva Negra coffee is grown under or near forty species of shade trees. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit
Who Should Drink It: An uncomplicated but refreshing cup with sweet citrus interest.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2009 tasting report: The Devil's in the Details: Bird-Friendly and Shade-Grown Coffees