||Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Laurina Natural 2015
||Varietal: Laurina (Bourbon Pointu)
Finca La Escondida is close to Lake Apanas, near the town of Jinotega. The straight translation from Spanish to English of 'escondida' is ‘hidden’. The farm is named because it is "hidden" from the road by forest and trees, which makes it appear to blend right into the side of the mountain. It is a young farm: the first trees were planted there in 2006. La Escondida is planned around identifying the plots with individually different micro environments resulting from factors such as soil quality, sun exposure, and temperature range. This is one of the upsides of starting to plant a new farm.
This is the varietal Laurina, which is incredibly rare (and expensive). Why is it rare and expensive? Laurina or "Bourbon Pointu" is a varietal with low caffeine content, around 0.6% compared to an average of 1-1.2% for many Arabica types, and over 2% for some Robusta. It is a dwarf form from Reunion island, and is highly susceptible to leaf rust and disease, and yield is low, but a super interesting coffee. It's a one bag lot as this is the first commercial harvest they have had, so you will understand why it's so expensive.
In the cup expect the unexpected! You'd be forgiven for thinking this was an Ethiopian natural, it's like a carnival of blueberries and dark chocolate with an amazing sherry like acidity that makes this cup not only rare but distinct.
Farm: La Escondida
Farm Manager: Boanerje Martinez Montenegro
Coffee Area: 92 Manzanas
Protected Area: 3 Manzanas
Elevation: 975 - 1,230 m.a.s.l.
Harvest Months: December - March
Diurnal Temperature Cycle: Avg - High 27°C, Low 16°C
Coffee Varieties: Bourbon, Java, Caturra, Catuai, Laurina
Processing Type: Natural
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.
"Quick Look" Guide
Blueberries, dark chocolate, sherry.
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