Almondy, nutty tonality to the roast taste, and candy-like sweetness. Red apple finish with light-to-medium body in a delicately balanced cup. Clean flavor profile. C+ roast has almond-apricot-peach notes, chocolate at FC+. City+ to Full City+
The Miraflor cooperative farmers group is unique in many ways, but certainly their location is one of the most outstanding aspects. They are located inside a nature preserve, and their organic coffee farming operates in sync with the goals of the land preservation that surrounds them. The group of 55 small farmers that form the coop have their own wet mill, performing the traditional de-pulping and fermentation of the coffee fruit on site. Then they take the coffee to the Esteli area, to the mother-of-all-coops, Prodecoop, for final dry-milling, sorting, screening and bagging. Miraflor is probably the best-known farmer coop at the mill, among US green coffee buyers, for the consistently fine cup character. I admit, I tested this coffee only at the , C+ and FC range, no darker, because the cup results seem so suited to a lighter treatment. The dry fragrance is very sweet, nutty, almost candy-like, at the City+ roast stage. There's a hint of stone fruit. Adding water, the wet aromatics have an additional milk chocolate sweetness, as well as the nut from the dry fragrance, and a malt-like sweetness. The lighter roast cup has an excellent peach-apricot fruit to it, a almondy, nutty tonality to the roast taste, and candy-like sweetness. In the finish (and as the cup cools), it turns to a red apple sweetness to me. The body is light-to-medium, which suits the delicately balanced cup. It is a well-defined and clean flavor profile; this is really a pleasant, balanced cup.