Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Elegant Natural Red Pacamara
Tinned strawberries, raspberry jam
I've been telling the story of Hasbean and Finca Limoncillo for many, many years now. I don't intend to stop any time soon because it's such a big, big, big relationship for me. 😊
So much of where we are today has come from this relationship. I'm really proud of everything that's happened in the past, and super excited for where we can go in the future.
Our relationship with Finca Limoncillo began in 2007, and back then we were buying their delicious coffee as part of a buying group. I loved it from the very first time I cupped it, and it was a coffee I just had to get. It was only after the auction closed that I discovered it was owned by a family in Nicaragua who were already good friends of mine, and indeed probably the only people I knew from the whole country!
The following year I visited the farm with our importers, and I spent the whole trip begging them to bring the coffee into the UK for us. Eventually, thanks to my supreme Steve pester power, they caved in (probably just to stop the flow of emails and phone calls!) and kindly did so.
This setup worked well for a time, but we received notice a couple of years ago that the importers were not going to be buying the coffee again (and for reasons other than the cup quality). This led to some frantic phone calls and a thorough search down the back of the sofa for loose change to fund buying twelve months’ worth of coffee all at once. There were many, many obstacles in the way of doing this deal, but we were lucky in that we were able to pull everything together in a very short amount of time.
The upside of all of this is that we now work directly with Finca Limoncillo instead of going via anyone else, and this is a relationship I’m super happy to have. This coffee has gone from a one-off Cup of Excellence buy to a fantastic long-term relationship that I'm so very proud to have.
Finca Limoncillo is located in Matagalpa and, at 171 hectares in size, it. is. huge! Situated at an amazing location, it boasts nine waterfalls within the farm and is owned by the Mierisch family; as I have already said, they’re good friends, and also well-respected producers in Nicaragua. They’re known for their experimental processing, varietal work, and exceptional coffee.
The fact that the family are friends helps us drill down into the details of what they do for the people who work for them. The information continues to prove to me that good people grow good coffee.
This is a Pacamara varietal coffee. Pacamaras are a little crazy on the cupping table. Pacamaras are exciting. I like Pacamaras! I could ramble on about Pacamaras for a while ... oh, wait a minute, I did! If you'd like to know more about this fantastic varietal, make sure to have a look at the article I wrote ...
So why the 'elegant' part of the name? When I visited the farm and Erwin presented the samples, he gave me this coffee. I couldn't get any other word but 'elegant' to describe it. It's like regular Natural processing but just so, well, elegant!
They told me one year that they had a policy of turning the coffee more often. They did this with most of the coffee except one lot (see the Natural 'funky' Red Pacamara we're offering here), but this cup was quite different. It's a unique Pacamara and may be the shape of things to come with better and better processing.
I Love Red!!! Maybe that's why I love this coffee so much. It's like tinned strawberries mashed into raspberry jam. It's sticky and slightly funky, and has more soft red berries than you can shake a stick at.
- Country: Nicaragua
- Municipality: Yasica Norte
- Region: Matagalpa
- Farm name: Limoncillo
- Producers: The Mierisch family
- Farm size: 171 hectares
- Coffee growing area: 109 hectares
- Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.
- Varietal: Red Pacamara
- Processing system: Delicate Natural process and sun-dried
Tinned strawberries, raspberry jam
Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
Sweetness: (1–8): 7.5
Acidity: (1–8): 6.5
Mouthfeel: (1–8): 7
Flavour: (1–8): 8
Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
Balance: (1–8): 6
Overall: (1–8): 6.5
Correction: (+36): +36
Total: (max. 100): 90
Pacamaras have a very unique size, density and structure, so don't expect them to grind like any other coffee. I find going a little finer than I normally would and allowing more time for the grinder to get its teeth into the bigger beans often leads to delicious results.
Medium-dark – through first and on the edge of second. Keep it fairly steadily increasing in temperature and don't let it get going with second crack, or it will run away from you very quickly.