Nicaragua: Modern Day Coffee

Nicaragua was, at one time, one of the foremost regions in the world for producing and exporting quality coffee beans. Unfortunately, political unrest in the late 1970's forced a lot of growers out of business, or sent them fleeing to other countries. The coffee industry is starting to make a comeback here, however, and coffee lovers are benefiting in big ways.

With a few exceptions, Nicaraguan coffee is mixed for balanced taste. The higher quality beans come from the areas of Nuevo Segovia, Matagalpa, and Jinotega. The finest beans in the country come from the central region. They have a rich flavor, are aromatic, and balance acidity with taste seamlessly.

Segovia also grows outstanding beans, but they are not as well-known as their counterparts in other regions of Nicaragua. The Segovian coffee bean is not bitter or woody-tasting. It is smooth, rich, and well-balanced. Since the country's coffee-growing community produces dozens of varieties and flavors of beans, not all beans grown in Nicaragua tastes as good as the beans roasted from the central region or Segovia area.

Selecting the roast of the bean can have more influence on the flavor than the bean itself. Most Nicaraguan beans are at their best with a medium roast. It brings out the flavor and aroma without the bitter aftertaste or "burnt coffee" smell. Two of the newer, exceptional beans coming out of Nicaragua are longberry and peaberry. Growers of these beans are using an exclusive process to flavor the beans as they grow, creating a delicious, savory, full-bodied cup of coffee.

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