Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Natural
Bergamot, milk chocolate, almonds and hints of lavender
Farm: Finca La Escondida
Farm manager: Boanerje Martinez Montenegro
Coffee area: 92 manzanas (hectares)
Protected area: 3 manzanas
Elevation: 975–1,230 m.a.s.l.
Harvest months: December–March
Diurnal temperature cycle: average: high 27° C, low 16° C
Varietals on farm: Bourbon, Java, Caturra, Catuai, Laurina
The Mierisch family is one of the best producers in Central America with an impressive list of award-winning coffees! Since generations the Mierisch family is in the coffee business and constantly aims to improve the cultivation and processing of coffee on all their eleven farms. We are happy to offer specialty coffee from one of these farms on our current offer list.
Processing type: Natural anaerobic low temperature fermentation.
Characteristic: Low caffeine - 50% less than average Arabica coffee.
Finca La Escondida is close to Lake Apanas near the city of Jinotega, which is the capital of the department of Jinotega in the north-central region of Nicaragua. The straight translation from Spanish to English of 'escondida' is ‘hidden’. Escondida is called 'Escondida' because the farm is 'hidden' from the road by forest and trees, which makes it appear to blend right into the side of the mountain.
This is the varietal Laurina, which is really rather rare! Why is it rare? 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 compared to over 2% for some Robusta. It is a dwarf form from Reunion Island and is highly susceptible to leaf rust and disease, and its yield is low, but it produces a super interesting coffee.