||Nicaragua Limoncillo Pacamara Natural 2012 "Funky"
We first bought from this farm back in 2007 in a buying group in the Cup of Excellence. From the first time I cupped it I loved it and it was one I had to get. It was only after the auction closed I found out that 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.
The following year I visited the farm with our importers and spent the whole trip begging them to bring it in for us. Eventually they caved in and kindly did this for us. This has worked well for the last two years. But we received an email last year that the importers were not going to be buying the coffee any more for reasons other than the cup quality. This lead to some frantic phone calls and some thorough searching of the back of the sofa for the loose change to fund buying 12 months' worth of coffee in one go. Many obstacles were in the way of doing this deal, but we were lucky that we were able to pull all the strings together with so little time. Thsi year we had time to plan and have expanded what we bring from the farm.
So the upside of all of this is that we are proud to announce that Limoncillo is part of our direct trade program and I see it as a symbol of how Has Bean's buying program has developed, and how we are developing as a roastery. From Cup of Excellence, to long term relationship, to a direct relationship.
The farm is located in Matagalpa and is a huge 171 Hectares. It's an amazing location with 9 waterfalls within the farm. It's owned by the Mieresch family, as I have already said good friends, and well respected producers in Nicaragua, known for their experimental processing and varietal work and exceptional coffee.
The fact that the family are friends help 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, as well as:
• 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, unique. Add to this to a natural procesing that's been done by a great technician that 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 favorite natural coffees of recent times. So crazy it reminds me of the great Sidikalang of a few years ago. When I first cupped this I had to stop what I was doing and phone a friend to tell them about it. It was a Sunday afternoon after recording 'In My Mug' and it was amazing.
So why the funky part. Well this year I visited the farm, and when Erwin presented the samples, he gave me this years pacamara natural, and I was very excited, but it had lost that "mad as a box of frogs" taste. they told me that this year they had a policy of turning the coffee more often which I decided was more eligent (see the other natural pacamara were offering), but quite different. But they had one lot which had not turned as often, and was more crazy. So they prepared the sample for me to cup, and the first words I yelled out were "FUNKY!". So this made it on to the bag. This one if much more like last years pacamara natural.
In the cup think strawberry Angel Delight; it's strawberry but creamy. Its body is huge, a chunky mouthfeel, think strawberry bubble gum hits creamy milk shake and you're in the right ball park. As mad as a hatter.
Farm: El Limoncillo
Farmer: Dr Erwin Mierisch
Farm Size: 171.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 109.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1200 masl
Processing System: Natural process and sun dried
Medium dark roast. it will take a little more roast than standard, here the pops of second crack and drop away 10-15 seconds in.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Strawberry Angel Delight, bubble gum, milkshake creamy, huge body and aftertaste.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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