Nicaragua El Quetzal Maracatu 2008-2009


Bean name Nicaragua El Quetzal Maracatu 2008-2009
Country Nicaragua


El Quetzal, owned by my friend Roberto Bendaña, is a lovely farm that I visited on my trip in 2008. The farm is a mix of the Caturra (40%), Catuaí (40%) and Catimor (20%) varietals. Next door to El Quetzal is Finca Los Alto, another whose coffee we are stocking this year.

Roberto approaches coffee growing in a scientific way and is always trying new things. Not only with the farm itself, but also new facilities for the workers there as well. Construction of additional high-quality housing for the 150 permanent employees and 450 seasonal pickers alike has recently been completed at El Quetzal. These facilities include running water, along with separate washing and kitchen blocks. The old latrines have also been replaced with toilet blocks. A septic tank and bio-digestor now provide methane gas for cooking. This also keeps any waste water from entering the river system. I visited the library, day care centre and school which has a full range of sports and music facilities. There are plans to add computers internet access as well. I was able to travel all around the farm. It is an amazing place.

In the cup this coffee has a big, full body and a rich, sweet flavor profile that has a slightly nutty finish. Normally, I would say leave the 'Nics' away from the espresso machine, but this one is an awesome single origin shot.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 87

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