New York Classic Offers Award Winning Coffee for the Holidays

Nov 08, 2011, 13:53 ET from Alliance for Coffee Excellence

MISSOULA, Mont., Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oren's Daily Roast, a longstanding New York specialty coffee destination now owns the 9th place Cup of Excellence® award winning coffee from Nicaragua's 2011 competition and will be roasting this rare coffee in small batches for the holiday season.  Oren Bloostein, founder of Oren's Daily Roast and a strong supporter of Nicaragua's coffee farmers, placed the top bid for this coffee at the annual auction.  "We will not be serving this coffee as an espresso," he explained. "This coffee's soft, sweet multidimensional flavors are best enjoyed when sipped slowly with a press or a drip preparation and a lighter roast."

The farmer, Maykol Yader Montenegro took top honors by submitting a coffee into the yearly competition described as having incredible balance with dark berries, black currant, plum and chocolate flavor notes.  Beginning with a rose aroma and ending with a spicy, lasting extremely sweet finish, the international jury ranked it in the top ten coffees from Nicaragua for 2011. 

The coffee was grown on the La Ampliacion farm located in the Nueva Segovia region of Nicaragua now famous for the number of awards bestowed on its coffee farmers. The farm had been abandoned until 5 years ago when the family purchased the land and worked tirelessly to develop its quality.

"Even in uncertain economic times, coffee connoisseurs enjoy and appreciate farmer-identified, exceptional coffees," explained Susie Spindler, Executive Director of The Alliance for Coffee Excellence, Inc., the non-profit manager of the Cup of Excellence competition for the world's finest coffees.  "Most of the award winning coffees are shipped to Europe, Asia and Australia so this is a great opportunity for New Yorkers to get a chance to enjoy Nicaragua's finest in the store or at home," she added.

Oren's Daily Roast with 9 locations in New York - the newest one being on Broadway near Times Square - has been featured in several publications and has been a hallmark of New York coffee since 1986. The coffees will be available in all 9 stores and online at

Since 1999, the Cup of Excellence competition has been hosted in Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Colombia and Rwanda with future expansion planned.  Each competition is open to all farmers in a producing country.

For more information about the Cup of Excellence program log on to

Susie Spindler
Executive Director
Alliance for Coffee Excellence, Inc.
Phone: 406-542-3509

SOURCE Alliance for Coffee Excellence