Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Washed 2012


Bean name Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Washed 2012
Country Nicaragua
Region Location: Jinotega
Other info Varietal: Catuai Rojo (red)


Finca La Escondida is close to Lake Apanas, near the town of Jinotega. The striaght translation from Spanish to English of 'escondida' is ‘hidden’. The finca is so named because it is "hidden" from the road by forest and trees, which make it appear to blend right into the side of the mountain.

It is a young farm, the first trees where planted there in 2006. La Escondida is very planned towards identifying the plots with individually different micro environments resulting from factors such as soil quality, sun exposure and temperature range. This is one of the up-sides of starting planting in a new farm.

Some of the downsides can be that it may take a while for the quality cup profile to build up, it might take time to have the right facilities for processing and picking, and to train the staff for picking (and processing) along with achieving the yield to go with it. But this farm, for me, has hit the whole group of requirements running. As a result of their experience in the area, the Mierisch family, have built a new mill with huge investment, and use some of the people already in place in the neighbouring 'San Jose' to blend an Escondida team with experience and new. The picture here is of the farm manager who looks after Escondida.

This is another of our direct trade coffees, bought directly from the Mierisch family.

I love this coffee for being so different to the others we have brought in. It's super clean, very zesty and zingy with hints of raspberries and limes, but with a lovely body of caramel that sits on the palate for an age with a delicious and long lingering aftertaste.

Farm: Finca La Escondida
Location: Jinotega
Farmer: Dr Erwin Mierisch
Farm Varietals: Catuaí Rojo, Caturra Estrella, Java Nica
This Varietals: Catuaí Rojo (red)
Altitude: 1100-1250 m
Picking: January-February
Processing system:Washed and Sun Dried

Roasting Information:
Medium roast, just before second crack gets going.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Raspberries, zingy and zesty, lime, caramel.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: No

Cupping notes

Clean cup 8/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 93

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