||Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Natural Red Pacamara 'Funky' 2015
||Varietal: Red Pacamara
The story of Has Bean and Finca Limoncillo has been told many a time but it's one I really love to share, so much of where we are today has come from this relationship. I'm super proud of everything that's happened in the past and amazingly excited for where we can go in the future.
We first bought coffee from this amazing farm back in 2007 as part of a buying group in the Cup of Excellence. The very first time I cupped a coffee from Finca Limoncillo I absolutely loved it and knew it was a farm I had to get involved with. It was only after the auction closed that I found out it was owned by the father of two brothers in Nicaragua who are probably the only people I know from the country, and are good friends of mine.
The farm is a whopping 171 hectares in size and is located in Matagalpa towards the north west of Nicaragua, it's an amazing location that has not 1, not 2 but 9 waterfalls on the farm! It's owned by the Mieresch family, whom as I have already said are good friends, and are also well respected producers in Nicaragua known for their experimental processing, varietal work, and exceptional coffee.
The fact that the family are friends helps us drill down into the details of what they do for the people who work for them, and continues to prove to me that good people grow good coffee.
Pay their staff 30% more than what is typical minimum wage
Provide free housing for 60 families on their farms
Provide free electricity and running water for their homes
Provide free food for all workers
Have free day care facilities for families to use
Provide free health care facilities on the farms
Employee on-site teachers who educate their staff and teach other skills such as pottery and weaving. The goal is to help staff diversify their skills, the teachers are also paid twice the wages they would receive in the cities.
This is a Pacamara varietal coffee. Pacamaras are a little crazy on the cupping table. Pacamaras are exciting. I like Pacamaras! Could ramble on about Pacamaras for a while, oh wait a minute, I did! If you'd like to know more about this fantastic varietal make sure to have a look at the article I wrote...
Add to this natural processing that's been done by a great technician who is on the side of 'as mad as a box of frogs'...this is one of the most complex, one of the most exciting, and one of my favourite, natural coffees of recent times.
They told me that this year they had a policy of turning the coffee more often, which I decided made it more 'elegant' (see the other natural Pacamara we're offering), but quite different.
But they did have one lot which had not been turned as often, and was more crazy. So they prepared the sample for me to cup, and the first word I yelled out was 'FUNKY!' so this lot made it into the bag!
In the cup straight away there's that funk, BOOM right in your face! Then you find the booziness coming through, a lot like the boozy you get from a good red wine and the same fantastic silky mouthfeel that coats your tongue in flavour. Finally there's a soft strawberry that continues on to finish the cup and provide a delicately sweet end to the delicious rollercoaster ride.
Municipality: Yasica Norte
Farm Name: Limoncillo
Farmer: Dr. Erwin Mierisch
Farm Size: 171 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 109 Hectares?
Harvest Months: December - February
Diurnal Temperature Cycle: Avg High 28°C, Low 20°C
Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.?
Varietal: Red Pacamara
Processing System: Funky natural process and sun dried
Medium, don't let this get into 2nd crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Funk, strawberry, red wine boozyness, silky mouthfeel, sweet.
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