||Nicaraguan El Limoncillo - Maria Ligia Mierisch
||Cup of Excellence
El Limoncillo it's owned by Dr. Erwin Mierich. The first impression you have of him is that he looks more like a farmer than a doctor. He welcomes us in the spacious complex of his farm.
"While I was living in United States, I worked as a gynaecologist, but then I had to comeback to Nicaragua and lead this farm. Coffee has been my passion since I was a little boy." says the Doctor.
Giving us a rapid tour around the farm, he fluently explains each step of the coffee process: from the sowing, the development of the coffee trees, the picking of the cherry coffee, the wet process, the removing of pulp and the dry process. He also explains all the details there are in order to produce one of the best coffee beans with a great quality from Matagalpa.
My first trip to a growing country was Nicaragua. On this trip I learnt a lot, but I also learnt how Latin America party's (the last night I hasten to add). The two people who taught me how to party were Erwin and Steve Mierisch the sons of this farmer. I found this out only after buying the coffee which was really cool, friends made, are now people we buy coffee from.
I love the lower lots, this one came in at 27 out of 34, but if we use the auction prices as a barometer then its a good ten places higher, and if we use the cupping table one of the best 3 or 4 coffees there were on offer. And when you look at the value these lots can bring, but the rewards for all the individuals involved are great.
In the cup I can best explain it like a toffee apple. First you get sweetness of the caramel, then you get a juiciness, then a bite of green apple acidity, which finishes by dulling the acidity and the sweetness coming back.
Farm: El Limoncillo
Farmer: Maria Ligia Mierisch
Farm Size: 171.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 109.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1200 masl
Processing System: Washed and sun dried
Lot Size: 18 bags
International Jury Score: 84.66
Cupping Number #: 1127
Price: 5.05 USD
Jury Descriptions: brown sugar cane (5), bright (3), apple, sweet, peach, consistent, clean, rich smooth, fatty texture, long lingering aftertaste, molasses, sugar cane Please Note: If a number appears in brackets next to a description it indicates the number of jurors that agreed with that particular description.
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