Apricot, goji berry, marshmallow, green apple, treacle
This is the fifth in a series of really special coffees that we're super excited to share with you. We're calling them Rarities. They're a collection of limited edition coffees that showcase the most unique and exceptional lots in the world.
These lots are tiny in size, so each bag will be 125g instead of our regular 250g. They will be roasted once a week on a Wednesday, and then shipped that day. If you order this coffee with any other items, it will be shipped on its own separately (unless you'd like your whole order to be held and shipped at the same time. If so, please let us know!)
This producer relationship is one that long-term Hasbean fans will already be intimately familiar with. In the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua, at 1,200 metres above sea level, sits Finca Limoncillo. Owned and run by the Mierisch family who are very close friends of ours and highly respected producers. They're known for their experimental processing, varietal work, and exceptional coffee. The farm is a huge 171 hectares in size with 109 hectares being used specifically for coffee cultivation, whilst the remainder is used to raise cattle and horses, or left to natural woodland. The family have scores of policies and initiatives to make everything as sustainable as possible on this vast farming area: their use of chemicals is minimal, and the impact on the environment is always minimised by careful and considerate land management. This year we have purchased 9 phenomenal lots from Limoncillo, which makes up a total of 21 from the Mierisch family's farms combined - 19 Nicaraguan and 2 Honduran. We think this really is the crème de la crème of them all, a truly special coffee.
The family employ over 3,000 staff during the harvest, and at Limoncillo over 60 families live on the farm full-time. They are seriously loved by the folks who work for them, more than any other producer we buy from, there is genuine love and respect between the family and their workers. The fact that the Mierisches are our friends helps us drill down into the details of what they do for the people who work for them. This information continues to prove to us that good people grow good coffee. Our last visit was February 2020 (right before the world went into lockdown!) and it was truly memorable - Steve and Joanna (of Drop Coffee fame) sat up with Eleane until 2 am chatting and drinking rum together...the farm visit the next morning was a very quiet one! Luckily Limoncillo is a beautiful location, boasting nine waterfalls within the farm, which is exactly the sort of place you want to be when you've had a little too much fun with friends the night before.
This coffee is the Yellow Pacamara variety - not something you see around very often! Pacamara is a cross between the varieties Pacas and Maragogype and is grown primarily in El Salvador, where it frequently dominates Cup of Excellence competitions for high cup quality. Most coffee trees produce fruits that turn red when they ripen, but that’s not so with this one, these cherries turn a vibrant yellow when they're ready for harvest. We were first introduced to this natural mutation many years ago, it was discovered by staff on the farm who noticed the unusual tree during routine patrols and the Mierisches decided to investigate further. They isolated it, harvested the seeds for more seedlings, and the fruit of their labour many years later is this special lot. Pacamara trees are very susceptible to pests and coffee leaf rust, and the unusual yellow cherries require specially trained staff to perform the harvest, but the remarkable cup quality is worth the extra effort.
After the ripe coffee cherries have been picked, they're set out to dry in the sun. We’ve already said that the family are known for their experimental processing methods, so it’s no surprise they have more than one version of Natural processing in their arsenal. This particular version requires frequent turning of the cherries as they dry - more turning on the drying beds means improved air circulation between the cherries which encourages uniform drying, and also redistributes the cherries so that their temperature is more consistent. This keeps the natural fermentation in the beans slow and even. The result of all this extra care and attention is what has led us to describe this coffee as an "Elegant" Natural - think Natural, but more refined.
It starts with a zingy acidity of apricots and goji berries, but behind that is a sweetness which reminds me of marshmallow. The zing carries through, but mellows a little into green apple on the finish. That sugary sweetness of marshmallow also carries through, but on the aftertaste is becomes darker, reminding me of treacle.
Municipality: Yasica Norte
Farmer: Dr. Erwin Mierisch
Farm size: 171 hectares
Coffee growing area: 109 hectares
Harvest months: December–February
Diurnal temperature cycle: average: high 28° C, low 20° C
Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.
Varietal: Yellow Pacamara
Processing system: Elegant natural process
Apricot, goji berry, marshmallow, green apple, treacle
Roasting Information Medium - through first, keeping the pace steady, and dropping it at the end of the gap. This will let the elegant natural processing and bright acidity shine through.
Each bag contains 125g of roasted whole bean coffee.
There is free delivery on this coffee for orders within the United Kingdom.
This coffee will be roasted once per week on Wednesdays.
If you place an order before 07:30 a.m. on Wednesday, this coffee will be roasted and dispatched that day. If you order after 07:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, it will be roasted on the following Wednesday.
As standard, Hasbean Rarities will be posted on their own. If you order any other items with a Rarity, they will be dispatched separately. If you would like us to hold other items on the order and ship them with your Rarity, please let us know either by adding a note to your order or sending us an email to email@example.com
If you have ordered a Rarity and it hasn't arrived with the rest of your order, please check the roast date listed in your order confirmation email to find out when your bag will be heading in your direction.
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