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Nicaragua Finca El Supiro

<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 El Suspiro belongs to Alejandro Saldaña and his wife, Maria Ligia Mierisch. Purchased in 2005 for recreational purposes, El Suspiro, which translates to “the whisper,” is located in the department of Matagalpa in the Cerro Arenal Nature Reserve (close to other farms La Huella, Mama Mina, and Los Altos). It has many creeks, birds, butterflies, and flowers that are native mainly to that area. Initially only 7 hectares were purchased. Erwin Mierisch II, Maria Ligia’s brother, that encouraged them to grow coffee due to the privileged climate and altitude the farm is endowed with. This is how Fincas Mierisch began helping in the management, harvest, processing, and marketing of El Suspiro. </p> <p>Alejandro, originally from El Salvador, visited many producers in that country was able to obtain fantastic seed stock of the varieties that would come to represent El Suspiro: Red and Orange Bourbon. El Suspiro’s seed stock of Orange Bourbon was also planted at other Mierisch farms. Due to the success of the farm, they have been slowly enlarging it, and now reaching 35 hectares. Now even adding to their repertoire the following varieties: Red and Yellow Catuai, and Gesha. </p> <p>A little interesting fact about El Suspiro is that its first harvest date tends to be on Christmas, 25th of December.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><strong>LOT DESCRIPTION:</strong></p> <p>This specific nano-lot (n° 1852) from a plot called ‘El Salvador’ at Finca El Suspiro consists of only 5 bags (69kg). The coffee cherries are dried at Don Esteban for 3 days on patio under 100% sunlight and 25 days on African beds until 12.5% or under humidity.</p> <p><strong>REGION:</strong> matagapla</p> <p><strong>LOT:</strong> 'orange bournbon - natural' nano-lot (shb - ep)</p> <p><strong>HARVEST PERIOD:</strong> 16th of January 2020</p> <p><strong>PACKAGING TYPE &amp; SIZE:</strong> 34,5kg box with vacuum bags (2 x 17,25kg)</p>
Price €8.68

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