Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nicaragua Cerro Del Cielo By Caffe Vita

Bean Box Sample 1
Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
Seattle, WA
Cerro Del Cielo
Origin: Nicarauga
Reigon: Mozonte, Nueva Segovoia
Roast: Medium - City +
Brewing method: Pour-over - Iced
Price: BeanBox.co - $18 - 12 ounce bag

This Nicaragua Cerro Del Cielo By Caffe Vita, is one of the four roasts featured in the February Bean Box package.

When the bag is first opened an aroma of sweet and nutty stone fruit hits your nose, but that's only the beginning of what this coffee has to offer.

Once the beans are ground the aroma reminds me of the bright fresh aroma you get as you zest an orange. However things quickly change as hot water is introduced during the pour-over. Both the wet grounds and the cupped coffee produce a sweet aroma of pecans and Mandarin orange.  

From the hot cup the first sips are perfectly balanced, there's a hint of brightness but at the same time it's smooth and creamy with a soft, clean palate wash. Moving down through the temperature range the brightness increases a bit at first, but then softens to smooth and creamy with a syrupy mouthfeel. 

With the complex body comes a complex flavor profile. The hot brew starts out with hints of sweet Mandarin orange mixed with toffee and pecans. As the coffee cools the orange notes increase then fade away leaving behind just the notes of smooth toffee covered pecans. The flavor profile was simply amazing. 

Just for fun, I tried this Cerro Del Cielo iced, and guess what? It was fantastic. I brewed the sample as a pour-over then immediately put it over ice. This resulted in a smooth tea-like mouthfeel with the flavor of toffee coated pecans. It was so good I could drink it every day. 

Rated: 96