||Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Washed Caturra 2015
Finca La Escondida is close to Lake Apanas, near the town of Jinotega. The straight translation from Spanish to English of 'escondida' is ‘hidden’. The farm is named because it is "hidden" from the road by forest and trees, which makes it appear to blend right into the side of the mountain. It is a young farm: the first trees were planted there in 2006. La Escondida is planned around 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 upsides of starting to plant a new farm.
This is the varietal Catura, a very common varietal. Originating in Brazil, this is a mutation from the popular Bourbon varietal. Like Bourbon it shares many of its negative aspects, its not very pest resistant and can be difficult to grow. Its one big plus is its higher yield than Bourbon (over 200kg per hectare). Planted as a plan to have lots of different varietals on the farm to spread risk.
Some of the downsides of starting a brand new farm can be that it may take a while for the quality of the cup profile to build up, it might take time to have the right facilities for processing and picking, and it might take time to train the staff for picking and processing. Not to mention that it might take a while to achieve the yield to go with it all. But by planting different varietals you can find what works on the land and conditions.
In the cup this expect a big creamy mouthfeel with a dark chocolate sweetness and floral acidity with a lovely black tea note too. Very different to the Catuai version of the same coffee.
Farm: La Escondida
Farm Manager: Boanerje Martinez Montenegro
Coffee Area: 92 Manzanas
Protected Area: 3 Manzanas
Elevation: 975 - 1,230 m.a.s.l.
Harvest Months: December - March
Diurnal Temperature Cycle: Avg-High 27C, Low 16C
Coffee Varieties: Bourbon, Java, Caturra, Catuai, Laurina
Processing Type: Dry Fermented then Washed
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.
"Quick Look" Guide"
Dark chocolate, creamy, floral, black tea, big mouthfeel.
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