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Nicaragua Selva Negra from Java Vino Atlanta
I asked bvwelch to trade some coffee so I could try the Selva Negra he picks up at a local roaster for less than $4/lb. It came in the mail yesterday and I roasted tonight. The first pound I went slow and hit the first snaps of second crack at 15:30 and ended at a Full City + roast. The second pound went a little faster since the breadmaker was thoroughly preheated, but I stopped just a tad sooner, before any snaps of second, at Full City.

I'll give them a couple of days then report back what I can taste. JavaVino says, "Unique and compelling coffee that combines powerful acidity with concentrated sweet chocolate flavor and voluptuously full body," which is right up my alley.

Thanks a ton, Bill! Do tell what you think of the Bolivian.


p.s. cool bags! "Vacu-Seal" with a zip lock top and a one-way valve to purge the CO2!
Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
Chad, I hope you enjoy the Selva Negra. I hope to roast soon, maybe this weekend.

About those bags-- actually, I was excited about the VacuSeal, but they didn't live up to their claims-- once you put them thru the dishwasher, they no longer seal good enough to hold a vacuum.

So I've gone to cheaper bags-- still have the one-way valves. Reynolds is one brand, and Ziplock is another. Get them at the grocery store, use them a few times, and throw away.


Full City+ Rested 2.5 days, drip w/filter (gasp!). Medium body, mellow, smooth, sweet, cashew or pecan nuttiness and lingers semisweet brown sugar. Very balanced. I didn't notice any acidity, although Java Vino mentioned acidity. As espresso it reminded me a little bit of sweet cream butter (maybe cream soda?) and didn't require milk at all. Even the last sip which is sometimes a little bitter/sour wasn't so with this coffee.

I don't blend, but if I did, this would be a fantastic base coffee. It is a great daily drinker (we had some yesterday too, but today's was better).

How much did you spend for this again? I can't find the wholesale prices on the website just now.

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
Chad ..we paid $2.25/# for the Selva Negra. Steve Franklin and wife own Javavino in Atlanta. Steve's MiL owns the farm, plantation or coffee patch in Nicaragua. Steve requires a 30# min. purchase with 10# lots of any variety. He imports several varieties, but the Selva Negra is my favorite. Bill and I split the purchase that your beans came out of. How did you roast?
I've only been roasting for a week but I did have Selva Negra in my cup just yesterday. And you are absolutely right Chad, it is great daily drinker and only $4.00 per pound.

I figured at that price, it was a great bean to experiment with...I hadn't expected to like it so much.

If not too late-- save some and try again at 4 or 5 days.

I put my freshroast in vacuum ziplock bags, and vacuum out co2/air each morning until 4 or 5 days have elapsed.

Try it-- it isn't stale, it is more developed. :-)


Every day since day 2 the chocolate has been showing up more and more. Great cup this morning. The cashew has gone far in the background and milk chocolate has taken it's place. I do like this coffee.

Espresso, in my opinion, is even better. Strong bittersweet cocoa, and -what hasn't shown up in the drip coffee- just a little bit of citrus acidity... orange? grapefruit? Whatever it is, it's not up front, but adds to the complexity. Yum-yum!

Thanks a bunch for the exchange, Bill.

Roaster: CoffeeAir II 2# DIY air roaster
Grinder: Vintage Grindmaster 500
Brewers: Vintage Cory DCU DCL, Aeropress, Press, Osaka Titanium pourover
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