Best Coffee: Nicaraguan Grown

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

With a few exceptions, Nicaraguan coffee is mixed for balanced flavor. The higher quality beans emerge from the regions 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 perfectly.

Segovia also grows exceptional beans, but they are not as famous as their counterparts in other areas of Nicaragua. The Segovian coffee bean is not bitter or woody-tasting. It is smooth, flavorful, and well-balanced. Since the country's coffee-growing community raises dozens of different types and flavors of beans, not everything grown in Nicaragua tastes as flavorful as the beans roasted from the central area or Segovia area.

Choosing the roast of the bean can have more influence on the flavor than the bean itself. Most Nicaraguan beans flourish 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. Producers of these beans are using a special method to flavor the beans as they grow, creating a delicious, rich, full-bodied cup of coffee.

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