Nicaragua Finca Mama Mina Washed Yellow Pacamara 2017


Bean name Nicaragua Finca Mama Mina Washed Yellow Pacamara 2017
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2017
Region Jinotega
Other info Varietal: Yellow Pacamara


Number 9 of 12, September 2017, in the #SSSSS 2017 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.

This month it's: Nicaragua Finca Mama Mina Washed Yellow Pacamara 2017

Finca Mama Mina
Jinotega, Nicaragua
Washed Yellow Pacamara
Peach, apricot, raspberry sauce, New Zealand hops
This farm first came to my attention in 2008 when I got to try a small sample of the new farm whilst travelling in Nicaragua and visiting the sister farm, Limoncillo.

There was one coffee that really shone through that table, and it was from this newly formed farm. At the time the farm was called La Minita, and because they had just taken over the production, it was next to nothing. I never forgot this cup and every year I sent repeated requests to the family to be allowed to buy it. But again, because the farm was so newly formed and because of many many new plantings, the production was not enough for us to be able to go around.
For those in the know, La Minita is also the name of a very very famous farm in Costa Rica, and the family was worried this would cause confusion. So the following year it was renamed, and they changed it to something very fitting: Finca Mama Mina. Owned by the Miresh family, this farm is affectionately named after Erwin, Stephen, and Eleane's grandmother, Mina McEwan. Mina passed away in 2008 and it was seen as a fitting tribute to this amazing lady who gave so much to the coffee industry.

The farm is surrounded by trees and mountains, and in every direction you can look at the vastness of the forest that covers each of the high mountain ranges. It also has a huge amount of flowers planted around the farm, which, as far as I can tell, is because they wanted to make it the most beautiful farm they could. The perfume is amazing, and it's something they have also started to do on some of the other farms they own, like Los Miligros. I like this, as when something looks amazing it means that the workers on the farm take huge pride in their surroundings, and this is the cleanest and most organised farm I have visited in a long time.
Despite Mama Mina being one of the younger farms, I think it produces some of the best coffees; partly down to its altitude and its soil, which is rich in nutrients, but mostly down to the care and attention that's taken during the whole picking to processing stage. But mostly down to its unique weather conditions. At around 4-5pm during harvest time the clouds descend turning Mama Mina into a spooky foggy and cold place after a full day of sun. The unique conditions mean that the harvest is a lot more unpredictable and takes skill to know when to pick and when to leave on the tree that little bit longer.

In the cup this a really fruity and complex coffee that reminds me why I fell so deeply in love with the Yellow Pacamara. Peach and apricot mix with an almost sparkling acidity, raspberry sauce and New Zealand hops. Sounds a bit like an awesome IPA don’t you think?!

Country: Nicaragua
Region: Jinotega
Farm: Finca Mama Mina
Farmer: Dr. Erwin Mierisch
Altitude: 1,250 - 1,375 m.a.s.l.
Varietal: Yellow Pacamara
Processing System: Fully washed

Stephen Leighton

Cupping notes

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