Nicaragua Finca La Union Washed 2012


Bean name Nicaragua Finca La Union Washed 2012
Country Nicaragua
Region Nueva Segovia
Other info Varietal(s): Bourbon, Caturra, Pacas


This coffee was produced by Cesar Julio Zuniga on his small coffee farm high in the mountains of Nueva Segovia in northern Nicaragua, close to the border with Honduras. This is the first time we have bought coffee from this area, and it's very exciting.

Cesar’s farm, Finca La Unión, extends over a total of 12 hectares at 1,400 - 1,500 metres above sea level. Cesar inherited the farm from his parents in 1970 and set about renovating the farm, re-planting some lots and maintaining others. Finca La Unión is now planted out with a mix of Bourbon, Caturra, and Pacas varietals, which grow in the shade of native trees. Cesar is now also embarking on a programme to replant old lots and introduce the Villa Sarchi varietal on La Unión.

The farm employs five permanent workers, a number which rises to between 60 and 80 during the picking season. The main harvest usually runs from October until January. The cherries are picked by hand when fully ripe and then pulped on the same day at the farm’s wet mill. The coffee is then dried in the sun on the farm’s patios.

In the cup expect a plum flesh taste, with a super complex acidity. It reminds me of a fruit crumble and is followed up with a custard creaminess.
Farm: Finca La Unión
Varietal(s): Bourbon, Caturra, Pacas
Processing: Fully washed and sun-dried on patios
Altitude: 1,400-1,500 metres above sea level
Owner: Cesar Julio Zuniga
Region: Nueva Segovia
Country: Nicaragua

Roasting Information:
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Plum flesh, fruit crumble, custard creaminess.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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