Nicaragua El Quetzal Natural 2010


Bean name Nicaragua El Quetzal Natural 2010
Country Nicaragua
Region Matagalpa
Other info Caturra (40%), Catuaí (40%) and Catimor (20%)


El Quetzal, owned by my friend Roberto Bendaña, is a lovely farm that I visited on my 2008 trip to the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua. At an altitude of around 1,200-1,300m, the farm is a mix of the Caturra (40%), Catuaí (40%) and Catimor (20%) varietals.

Roberto approaches coffee growing in a scientific way and is always trying new things. Not only new things with the farm itself, but also new facilities for the workers there. Construction of additional high-quality housing for the 150 permanent employees and 450 seasonal pickers alike has been recently completed at El Quetzal. These facilities include running water, along with separate washing and kitchen blocks. The old latrines have been replaced with toilet blocks. A septic tank and bio-digester now provide methane gas for cooking. This also keeps any waste water from entering the river system. I visited the library, day care centre and school which has a full range of sports and music facilities. There are plans to add computers internet access as well. I was able to travel all around the farm. It is an amazing place.

In the cup this coffee has a big, full body and a rich, sweet flavour profile that has a slightly nutty finish, with ovetones of chocolate that's lovely and chewy. The best descriptor we came up with here was a Snickers bar of a coffee.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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