||Nicaragua Finca San Jose Washed Longberry Los Favorties 2013
||Varietal: 75% Red Catuai, 20% Java (Longberry)
This year the cup of excellence program didn't happen for a number of organisational reasons in Nicaragua (great news I hear it will be back this year), but this left a big hole in the auction program. Nicaragua is always dear to my heart, as its the first producing country I ever visited, and was my first cup of excellence jury, so its sad to see it not happen.
But into the space stepped the Mierisch auction Los Favorties, an auction of their finest lots from their nine farms. They sifted through every one of their lots from every farm all coming from various plots on the farms, different harvest days, cultivars, microclimates, and in some cases different processing methods. These coffees are truly the best of their production and the best representation in their class. the lot sizes were kept small so be unique and exclusive.
The farm san Jose was acquired in November, 2003. At the time it was completely abandoned, and due to its inaccessibility its been a work in progress for many years. Up in the Chain Mountain that marks the border of Jinotega and surrounds the skirts of Apanas Lake, to 1,300-1,400 mt. of altitude San jose overlooks the long time favourite Escondidia, and the farm can be seen from the very top of the farm. Its an incredibly beautiful farm with amazing views that is well worth the 3/4 off road trek up the mountain to gain access (even if we did get stuck two times)
In the cup where it all matters this is a super clean transparent and delicious cup. Starting with fresh green apple, juicy with a delicious carmel and toffee sweetness, while the acidity still punches through
Farm: San Jose
Owner: Mierisch Family
Farm Manager: Jesus Antonio Cruz
Coffee Area: 66 manzanas
Plot Name: la rotonda
Harvest Months: December-March
Harvest Day: december, 29, 2012
Diurnal Temperature Cycle: Avg High 27C, Low 15C
Coffee Varieties: 75% Red Catuai, 20% Java (Longberry)
Processing Type: Dry Fermented then Washed
Drying: 15 days on patio to 11.5percent humidity
Medium roast. It will take a little not take a darker roast at all, keep it light, a tough one.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Fresh, transparent, green apple, caramel, toffee, clean.
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