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Cooperativo de las Segovias, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua


Cooperativo de las Segovias, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua

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About Nicaragua Coffee

Nicaraguan coffee is still a bit of a straggler in a region that boasts a number of outstanding appelations. The reasons for this, as with most things Central America, are complex and layered, but essentially can be traced back to political and social instability, which has only recently subsided. Hurricane Mitch in 1998 didn't help matters either, and neither did the Cold War years, during which time Nicaraguan coffee was embargoed in the United States, although the erratic production did continue to find a market in Europe.

Coffee is a major cash crop in the country, with 90-95% of the farms falling into the category of family-scale operations, oftentimes no more than four or five acres in size. For this and other reasons relating to the Sandinista Revolution of the late 1970's and 1980's, the Fair Trade cooperative agricultural model has taken strong root in the country, and some of the best coffees come out of these cooperatives. 

As the political and economic climate continues to (hopefully) stabilize, look for Nicaraguan coffees to emerge as worthy exemplars of a powerhouse pedigree. Central American coffees, at their best, display vibrant acidity, good body and powerful aromatics. The best growing appellations in Nicaragua are the Matagalpa-Jinotega region and the Nueva Segovia region in the north of the country, where this coffee comes from. Segovia coffees are perhaps a bit more interesting and aromatic than those from the central part of the country.

This coffee displays the deep cocoa notes one expects from great Central Americans. The cup starts and finishes with a muted sweetness, The mouthfeel is smooth and full. Notes of bakers chocolate and caramel dominate in the middle, and the finish is lime-citrusy. Very pretty. It makes a nice single-origin espresso, and a mellow, satisfying pour over.


Producer: Cooperativo de las Segovias, Fair Trade and Organic

Region: Nueva Segovia

Country: Nicaragua

Elevation: 4200-6000 feet

Varietal: Catuai, Bourbon, Caturra, Typica

Attributes: Lime, Caramel, Cocoa

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