Almond sweetness, with honey, butterscotch, and nougat. Full City has a dense, thick body, with milk chocolate, toasted almond, and dark honey finish. Simple but crowd-pleasing coffee. Great SO espresso. City+ to Full City+.
Cielo Azul is a 15 hectare farm in the El Volcan region of Dipilto, Nicaragua. We bought this coffee last year as well, as it cupped really well based on the sample at origin. But we felt it came in a little under par, and decided to use it in a blend rather than offer it as a single farm offering. It happens. But the coffee stood out on the cupping table again in this harvest, and we bought it again. This time the cup is stellar, as it should be. It is from the growing region that produces more top coffees in Nicaragua than any other, situated at 1450 meters (a fairly high altitude for Nicaragua coffee production where there is a lot of 1200 meter coffee), and is planted in Caturra and Bourbon varietals. The farmer is Hector Martin Marin Castellanos. Cielo Azul means Blue Sky.
The dry fragrance has malt and caramel sweetness in the light roasts, turning toward butterscotch at Full City level. There are mulling spices and hints of fruit punch in the light roast as well. Adding hot water brings out praline, toffee, and malted milk balls as the primary scents. I find nutty character in many Nicaragua coffees: Cielo Azul expresses this as almond sweetness, enhanced by flavors of honey and butterscotch ...think "nougat". I think that slightly more roast reveals the best cup character from this coffee. At Full City the body is dense and thick, with milk chocolate roast tones dominating, and toasted almond and dark honey hints rounding out flavors in the finish. This is a simple but crowd-pleasing coffee, in that while it may lack complexity, the primary characteristics are well defined, affording us a delightful daily cup of coffee. Cielo Azul is also very versatile - great as a single origin espresso , or as a component for blending.