Ironclad Coffee Roasters

Tolliver’s Reserve Nicaragua Gold Mountain Fruit Candy Nanolot

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Origin: Matagalpa growing region, Nicaragua

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $18.99/8 ounces

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 67/89

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply and richly sweet, fruit-forward. Sweet/sour notes suggesting Jolly Rancher hard candy, pink peppercorn, roasted almond, fresh-cut redwood, lilac in aroma and cup. Bright, sweetly tart structure; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is candy-like through and through, with undertones of pink peppercorn and aromatic redwood.


This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a tasting of 55 Nicaragua coffees for Coffee Review‘s October 2017 tasting report. Produced by Manuel and Yesenia Lopez and Juan Carlos and Aracely Salgado, in partnership with Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, entirely from trees of the Pacamara variety of Arabica. 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. Ironclad Coffee Roasters, a micro-roaster in Richmond, Virginia takes its name from “guarantee,” as in an ironclad guarantee of top quality specialty coffee and dedicated customer service. For more information visit www.ironcladcoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: As the coffee’s name implies, the cup is characterized by notes suggesting tangy hard candy (watermelon, green apple), complicated by sweet-toned spices and aromatic wood.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2017 tasting report: The New Nicaragua: Direct Trade Coffees Rule

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