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Nicaragua Finca La Bendicion

<p>Nicaragua is a rather new country within specialty coffee. Political, economic and also environmental (e.g. hurricanes) disturbances and instabilities kept the country from moving into the specialty market any quicker. The pioneering work of some families with a clear vision on producing quality coffee supported by e.g. the Cup of Excellence annual competition created the necessary awareness for growing specialty coffee among Nicaraguan coffee farmers.</p> <p>One of the families that has been very supportive for the growth of specialty coffee in Nicaragua is the Balladarez family. Based in the Nueva Segovia region ‘Las Segovias’, as their company is called, produces coffee at multiple farms and operates their own dry-mill close to the city of Ocotal. Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada (4th generation) is the general manager and overlooks the activities of Las Segovias with care. He takes every detail of the coffee production very serious and the effort and hard work that goes into the creation of great specialty coffee is truly heartwarming to see.</p> <p>Finca La Bendicion is located in the Dipilto-Jalapa mountain range in a part called La Providencia, close to the town of Jalapa. This mountain range in the north of the country (close to border with Honduras) creates a nice environment to grow high-quality coffee. Coffee grows between 1000 to 1400m in a sandy loam type of soil. Guava trees provide the necessary shade. The farm has its own wet-mill taking care of the washed process and also stunning natural and pulped natural coffee is produced. Every step in the processing is controlled and executed with care. All these continued efforts resulted in winning the Cup of Excellence 2018 with a very fine natural Pacamara!</p> <p>We at Mucho Gusto Coffee Sourcing clearly remember the 2018 COE-win as the price was awarded on the last night of our visit and Luis Alberto’s text-message announcing it was very, very nice to read. Unfortunately our excitement came to an abrupt end only a few weeks later (April 2018) when student protest against the Ortega regime escalated and in the weeks and months that followed hundreds of people were killed and many others jailed. Again a very confusing and sad chapter in Nicaragua’s history. Not only from a human point of view but it also created (again) hard times for coffee producers as the economic stability disappeared too. A few months after the outbreak of the protest the situation slowly improved but still to this day is very uncertain. Due to the many safety issues there was no COE-competition this year. The situation also caused us to check and double-check with Luis if he and his family were okay and if our 2019 visit would be safe. We decided to visit them again and were welcomed with many smiles and fine coffee. After visiting La Bendicion with Luis Jr. we cupped this SL28 natural lot at the impeccable Las Segovias cupping lab and immediately decided to buy it. We truly hope you like this nicely processed natural as much as we do and we are convinced we will welcome more coffee from the Balladarez family in the years to come.</p> <p><strong>LOT DESCRIPTION:</strong></p> <p>This specific ‘natural’ lot from La Bendicion consist of only 2 bags (69kg) and is called ‘El Bambu’. The coffee cherries were dried for 41days on African (raised) beds within a huge greenhouse. </p> <p><strong>REGION:</strong> nueva segovia</p> <p><strong>LOT:</strong> 'slo28 - natural' micro-lot 'el bambu' n°3428 (shg - ep)</p> <p><strong>PACKAGING TYPE &amp; SIZE:</strong> 30kg box with 2 vacuum bags (2 x 15kg)</p>
Price €9.25

Nicaragua Finca Mama Mina

<p>Nicaragua is a rather new country within specialty coffee. Political, economic and also environmental (e.g. hurricanes) disturbances and instabilities kept the country from moving into the specialty market any quicker. The pioneering work of some families, like the Mierisch family, with a clear vision on producing quality coffee supported by e.g. the Cup of Excellence annual competition created the necessary awareness for growing specialty coffee among Nicaraguan coffee farmers.</p> <p>The Mierisch family owns a couple of excellent farms in the Matagalpa and Jinotega departments and runs their own dry-mill ‘Don Esteban’. Finca Mama Mina (named after the nickname of the great-grandmother Mina McEwan) located in San Ramon is a rather recent finca within the Mierisch group. Harvest season starts in December and finishes in March and the soil is mainly sandy. The farm is located in a micro-climate where it experiences fog for the majority of the day. Therefore there are almost no shade trees at the farm needed. The farms has a wet-mill that shares it with the next-door farm ‘La Huella’. The farm produces washed, pulped natural as well as natural processed coffee.</p> <p>During my third visit (2020) I cupped through many coffees and experiments at the Mierisch coffee lab and selected this red catuai lot from Mama Mina.</p> <p><strong>LOT DESCRIPTION:</strong></p> <p>This specific lot (n° 2255) from the plot named ‘Los Altos’ (same as my 2019 selection) consists of 40 bags (69kg). </p> <p><strong>REGION:</strong> mataglpa</p> <p><strong>LOT: </strong>'red catai - washed' micro-lot n°2255 (shb - ep)</p> <p><strong>HARVEST PERIOD:</strong> 4th of February 2020</p> <p><strong>PACKAGING TYPE &amp; SIZE:</strong> 34,5kg box with 2 vacuum bags (2  x 17,5kg)</p>
Price €7.74