Trip Report: Nicaragua - The Road to Jinotega

The express bus to Jinotega.

I'm back on the road again, this time I'm off to Nicaragua for twelve days of visiting coffee farms, cupping new crop coffees and also visiting the cigar factory that makes the Fratello cigar. It's been about three years since my last trip to Nicaragua.

Previously, my trips to Central America focused around judging coffee competitions. During those trips, we might get a day or two to visit a farm and cup coffees, but this time it's all about the coffee and seeing what's going on in the world. First stop: Jinotega.


Tableside S'mores!

Master Creamer David Alima of The Charmery woos his wife, Laura, with previously unseen marshmallow rituals.


The cold weather means that it's Tableside Smores time once again at Spro!

Come in and share the love. Each order contains a Hershey's Dark Chocolate Bar, Honey Maid Graham Crackers and homemade marshmallow by Laura Alima of The Charmery. Included are two sticks for roasting your marshmallow and a sterno-fired flame. Roast your marshmallow and then sandwich it between the graham cracker with some chocolate and it's better than sitting outside in the freezing cold!


New Hours for November

Hello everyone,

For the month of November, Spro will be changing our hours slightly. Our hours for November will be:

Mon-Tue: 7am to 6pm
Wed-Thu: 7am to 7pm
Fri: 7am to 8pm
Sat: 8am to 8pm
Sun: 9am to 6pm

We are currently planning to be open on Thanksgiving morning to get you on your way for Turkey and set the day straight for the Ravens vs. Steelers!

We will offer extended hours in December through Christmas Eve.

Coffee Rust: A Burgeoning Problem

Coming to us from Seattle Coffee Gear is guest writer Samantha Joyce on the burgeoning problem of coffee rust disease that has the potential to decimate much of the world's coffee producing regions. This article was originally published on the onocoffee blog.

It is time to put coffee rust into perspective. It will effect the coffee you drink next year and in subsequent years to come....

Farewell, Jack.

All of us at Spro are saddened by the passing of one of our regulars and Hampden icon, Jack "The Nose" Barr. Many of you may know Jack by his imaginative outfits that remind one of the zenith of Elton John. Always with a friendly smile and kind nature, Jack was known as the "Mayor of Hampden" because he had his nose on the pulse of the neighborhood, what was going on and with whom it was going on with.

Services are being arranged.


Update: A memorial for Jack will be held on Tuesday, October 8th...