Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Red Pacamara 2015

Summary

Bean name Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Red Pacamara 2015
Country Nicaragua
Region Matagalpa
Other info Varietal: Red Pacamara

Description

The story of Has Bean and Finca Limoncillo has been told many a time but it's 1 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.

The employers:

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...

So, time to get brewing and discover what this coffee is like in the cup! Straight away you get a beautiful creamy mouthfeel which is followed by some fantastically delicious milk chocolate that's just so smooth. In the aftertaste you get a wave of soft fruit riding through the cup, if I had to put my finger on it I'd say apricot. Simple, tasty and delicious coffee.

Country: Nicaragua
Municipality: Yasica Norte
?Region: Matagalpa?
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: Pulped Natural


Roasting Information
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.

"Quick Look" Guide
Creamy, milk chocolate, smooth, soft fruit, apricot.

Good filter?
Yes

Good espresso?
Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 89

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