Coffee Beans from Nicaragua

Nicaragua was, at one time, one of the foremost areas in the world for producing 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 blended 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 full-bodied 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, flavorful, and well-balanced. Since the nation's coffee-growing community raises dozens of variations and flavors of beans, not everything grown in Nicaragua tastes as flavorful as the beans roasted from the central location or Segovia area.

Choosing the roast of the bean can have more effect on the flavor than the bean itself. Most Nicaraguan beans flourish with a medium roast. This brings out the flavor and aroma without the bitter aftertaste or "burnt coffee" smell. Two of the newer, exotic beans coming out of Nicaragua are longberry and peaberry. Producers of these beans are using an exclusive method to flavor the beans as they grow, creating a delicious, rich, full-bodied cup of coffee.

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