Info Details
Country USA   
Type Beans   
Strain Nacional   
Source Ecuador   (Esmeraldas; Punta Galera)
Flavor Crossover   
Style Old School      
Spring awakened in the Northern Hemisphere this morning. What better way to celebrate fertility than by making Easter eggs with cacáo seeds from Nova Monda. First, however, a fresh breathe of olde wind from the Year of Our Lord 1770 Virginia Almanack:

Appearance   4.4 / 5
Color: hoary soil
Surface: vascular jumbo-raisin size
Temper: frosted yeast
Snap: ... pop, crackle
Aroma   8.5 / 10
a panoply of jujufruits in a tropical fruit bonanza mix of fresh / dried - sticky / juicy pineapple, papaya, jujube, sundrop, pitomba, moraberry, sweet plum, orange, genipap (Genipa americana... a large, rounded berry whose flavor resembles apple cider or quinces), frangi-pani / sassafras soda pop fizz + a few potatoes, cotton swabs, & green banana leaves to keep it all grounded
Mouthfeel   12.2 / 15
Texture: dank crunch
Melt: get ready to grind -- grits, grains, granulars -- followed by some good fat-action
Flavor   45.4 / 50
wet sugar fruit burst (pepino / mango / pitomba) then a nut outbreak (the standard almond skins, walnut hulls, brazil nuts as well as the earthy starch of Xanthosoma aka dasheen) grooms some mushrooms on the forest floor with exceptional characteristics (fertilized in light minerals) utterly turns savory... no beef with iron-heavy hemoglobin splattering everywhere but succulent wild game -> tough roots at the very back (think gentian) -> fairly medicinal (yerba maté) though tolerable lipids swell to absorb much of the bittering going on, causing a wild tuber (heirloom potato + the apple x watermelon taste of yacon) -> skids out on banana skins
Quality   17.7 / 20
A thin chocolate coats these seeds for a panned cocoa nut which generates that initial fruit explosion. From then on it covers a good spectrum of Flavor in a sequential / horizontal evolution rather than coincidental / vertical. Transitions however are deliberate & in sync with some assiduous post-harvest production.

Reviewed March 21, 2013


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