FARM: San Pedro Micro-Farm
ALTITUDE: 1300-1350 MASL
FLAVOUR NOTES: Skittles, Blueberry and Peanut Butter Cup
This coffee is a super small microlot from the farm San Pedro based within the La Bastilla Estate in Nicaragua. Grown on the west facing slopes in volcanic soil at the top of the collection of farms within the estate, the cherries are picked by hand as very ripe, before drying at a consistent low temperature to create the fruity characteristics.
The H3 varietal was planted here in 2015, and is a cross between Caturra and an Ethiopian landrace accession specifically suited for growing above 1300masl. Produced as part of the first wave of F1 hybrid varieties, H3 does still have some susceptibility to rust but has maintained presence in the fields due to its exceptional cup quality. This is a happy outcome as not all hybrids bred for disease resistance necessarily lead to outstanding flavour profiles. As roasters, looking out for these new developments and pioneering approaches which are resulting in such an outstanding flavours, is at the heart of how we work. The cup has a delicate acidity of alpine strawberries, peanut butter cup aroma and extraordinary blueberry notes, drawn from its Ethiopian parents. Finally, a well-balanced mouthfeel and almond finish. This is a thoroughbred coffee from the same farm that has won several Nicaraguan Cup of Excellence awards - definitely one to watch out for.
Jinotega is the second largest department in Nicaragua, situated in the north of the country bordering Honduras. San Pedro is in the south west of the department of Jinotega.