The cup flavors are balanced with an interesting sweet root beer flavor, mild peach-apricot fruit, and almondy, nutty tonality to the roast taste. This coffee is all about body, balance, mild brightness, and a dominant milk chocolate tone. City+ to Full City+ roast.
This coffee from the Jinotega area was an early new crop arrival that I thought cupped well, with classic Nicaragua milk chocolate roast taste. It is not a cooperative I have visited before. The Union de Cooperativas de Servicios Unidos de Mancotal (UCASUMAN) comprises seven small coffee producer cooperatives from the Mancotal area. This lies north and east of Jinotega, not far from Lake Apanas. I don't think the preparation of this coffee is perfect. Culling out a couple of odd or broken beans before roasting it will improve the cup. I don't see signs of quakers (under-ripe beans) after roasting. But if you see a stray light-colored tan bean post-roast, then remove it too.
The dry fragrance is sweet, with soft chocolate tones, dark honey and brown bread. Adding water, the wet aromatics have an additional milk chocolate sweetness, dark maltyness, and brown sugar. The cup flavors are balanced with an interesting sweet root beer flavor at City+ roast. The lighter City roast cup has a mild peach-apricot fruit to it, an almondy, nutty tonality to the roast taste. But really this coffee is all about body, balance, mild brightness, and a dominant milk chocolate roast tone. And this thick chocolaty character emerges at Full City roast, at the verge of Second Crack. It's a versatile coffee, a crowd-pleaser if you will. I also found it quite nice as SO espresso.