Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Petite Yellow Pacamara

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Stephen Leighton and Eleane Mierisch. Finca Limoncillo, Nicaragua | Hasbean.co.uk

We have been buying from Finca Limoncillo since way back in 2007, originally as part of a buying group, then via importers, and then moving onto our current direct trade relationship. We loved their coffee from the first time we cupped it, and they continue to amaze us year on year. The farm is located in Matagalpa and is HUGE at 171 hectares. It's an amazing location, with 9 waterfalls within the farm. It's owned by the Mieresch family; who have become great friends of ours, and they're also well-respected producers in Nicaragua. They're known for their experimental processing, varietal work, and exceptional coffee.

Steve loves Pacamaras and every time he comes back from Central America he seems to have found a new one. They can be tricky to work with, but can have simply great flavours. The Yellow Pacamaras grown on Limoncillo have great floral and citrus notes, and you get great depth, sweetness and body too when you combine them with Eleane Mierisch's world class processing.

If you'd like to find out more about the Yellow Pacamara varietal, Steve wrote a great article about it; you'll find it in the 'varietal' section in the resources tab above. Just in case you'd like a direct link, here you are:

https://www.hasbean.co.uk/blogs/articles/9853842-pacamaras

So, petites ...

During processing, coffee is often sorted by size and the 'petites' are the beans that fall below a certain sizing grade. When Steve was tasting a previous year's harvest, Eleane suggested he tasted those petites separately. He was so excited by the flavours that he asked for them to be bagged as a separate lot, and then when we were working through quality control they kept shining on the table - and now here we are again for another year!

I think this coffee ties well into trends expressed through projects like Dan Barber's wasted pop-ups last year at Selfridges; sometimes there are diamonds where we least expect them, and the challenge is staying open to them.

The yellow fruit really comes through here, with a big hit of over-ripe peaches. Behind that is sweet milk chocolate and a hint of lime zest, before you get brown sugar on the finish.

  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Municipality: Yasica Norte
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Region: Matagalpa

  • Farm name: Limoncillo
  • Farm size: 171 manzanas (hectares)
  • Coffee growing area: 109 hectares

  • Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.

  • Varietal: Yellow Pacamara Petite
  • Processing method: Pulped Natural

CUPPING NOTES

Peach, milk chocolate, lime zest, brown sugar

Clean cup: (1–8): 6.6
Sweetness: (18): 7
Acidity: (18): 7
Mouthfeel: (18): 6
Flavour: (18): 7
Aftertaste: (18): 6.5
Balance: (18): 6
Overall: (18): 7
Correction: (+36): +36

Total: (max. 100): 89

Roasting Information
A nice Medium - through first crack, keeping the pace steady and finish the roast near the end of the gap to give both those fruity and chocolatey flavours.