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Topic: Nicaragua Trip-coffee trivia (3 msgs / 82 lines)
1) From: Bernard Gerrard
    On a trip to Nicaragua in March I was eager to try, again, the 
"point of origin" coffee game.  First of all was the coffee served in 
hotel restaurants.  The cup in the Hotel Alambra in Segovia was good and 
boded well for the rest of the trip.  I asked the brand name from the 
waiter and was told "Segovia".  We did not venture into local markets to 
find this brand but a nearby place that sold tourist stuff had a 
selection of roasted beans.  Since I have "been there-done that" in 
other Central American countries I passed on this fancy packaged 
material which has probably aged in the store for eons.  On to Leon 
where the coffee served in our favored eatery had a somewhat musty 
undertone.  From here it was on to Matagalpa and the heart of coffee 
country.  The road is currently terrible but being fixed and should be 
decent by this time next year.  On the way we passed the coffee Co-ops 
and the drying patios but at this time of year the crop has been bagged 
up for sale and these were visible as we drove by.  We stayed at Selva 
Negra, a heavenly spot, with early morning temperatures of 62F http://www.transitionsabroad.com/publications/magazine/0405/nicaragua_sustainable_vacation.shtml. 
Here I was hoping to get some green beans "point of origin" but no luck 
since by this time last year's crop has all been picked, processed and 
probably roasted.  From here we went to Isla Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua.  
The coffee here was really ho-hum and we were informed that the last 
local crop was a bust due to bad  growing weather.
    I would heartily recommend Nicaragua as a holiday spot if you are of 
the outdoorsy sort.  The people are most friendly and the country is one 
of the safest in Central America.  Finally, in regards to coffee and the 
average traveler, a paraphrase:  "EAST, WEST- HOME (roast) is BEST".  
Bernard Gerrard

2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Thanks for the report - sounds like a great trip. Segovia might just 
be a brand, but it usually refers to the state of Nueva Segovia in 
the north. For me, I think I overestimate coffee while traveling (I 
mean, coffee I am served at restaurants etc) and when a cup isn't 
completely nasty, I am so pleased. I wonder what wouild happen to be 
served a really, really fresh-roasted, well-brewed cup on the road!
Tom
(PS: when i sued to backpack, this was referred to as kraft mac and 
cheese syndrome. at home, it's the most awful stuff, but on a trail 
camp at 9000 feet after 8 hours on your feet, it's incredibly good! )
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3) From: Michael Rasmussen
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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You'd be happy happy.  You might also be in Oaxaca.  We found lots of well
prepared coffee there.  Some of it came from Oaxaca Charly's friend Bardo's
roastery.
Even better were the wonderful desserts to go with the coffee.  One evenings
dinner was Three Milk Cake and Chocolate Crepes.
-- 
   Michael Rasmussen, Portland, Ore, USA
  Be Appropriate && Follow Your Curiosity
       http://www.patch.com/words/


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