Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Natural Red Pacamara 'Elegant' 2015


Bean name Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Natural Red Pacamara 'Elegant' 2015
Country Nicaragua
Region Matagalpa
Other info Varietal: Red Pacamara


The story of Has Bean and Finca Limoncillo has been told many a time but it's 1 I really love to share, so much of where we are today has come from this relationship. I'm super proud of everything that's happened in the past and amazingly excited for where we can go in the future.

We first bought coffee from this amazing farm back in 2007 as part of a buying group in the Cup of Excellence. The very first time I cupped a coffee from Finca Limoncillo I absolutely loved it and knew it was a farm I had to get involved with. It was only after the auction closed that I found out 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 of mine.

The farm is a whopping 171 hectares in size and is located in Matagalpa towards the north west of Nicaragua, it's an amazing location that has not 1, not 2 but 9 waterfalls on the farm! It's owned by the Mieresch family, whom as I have already said are good friends, and are also well respected producers in Nicaragua known for their experimental processing, varietal work, and exceptional coffee.

The fact that the family are friends helps 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
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. Pacamaras are exciting. I like Pacamaras! Could ramble on about Pacamaras for a while, oh wait a minute, I did! If you'd like to know more about this fantastic varietal make sure to have a look at the article I wrote...

So why the 'elegant' part of the name? Well, when I visited the farm and Erwin presented the samples, he gave me this coffee...I couldn't get any other word but 'elegant' to describe it, but it's just so different to last year's crazy offering.

They told me that this year they had a policy of turning the coffee more often, apart from one lot (see the other natural 'funky' Red Pacamara we're offering), but this cup was quite different. It's a unique Pacamara and may be the shape of things to come with better and better processing.

This coffee was described by one of our roasters Gary as Wimbledon coffee, in the cup think along the same lines as the 'funky', which tastes of strawberry, but this is so much more creamy and full of mouthfeel. There's huge body and a fantastic aftertaste of apricot. The key word is 'elegant'.

Country: Nicaragua
Municipality: Yasica Norte
?Region: Matagalpa?
Farm Name: Limoncillo
Farmer: Dr. Erwin Mierisch
Farm Size: 171 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 109 Hectares?
Harvest Months: December - February
Diurnal Temperature Cycle: Avg High 28°C, Low 20°C
Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.?
Varietal: Red Pacamara
Processing System: Delicate natural process and sun dried

Roasting Information
Medium to Medium Dark - No more than the first pops of 2nd crack though.

"Quick Look" Guide
Strawberry, apricot, creamy, huge body, strawberry jam, Wimbledon.

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Good espresso?

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 8/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 8/8
Correction +36
Total 92

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