Nicaragua Alta de Jinotega Organic
This delightfully versatile coffee comes from some of the highest (Alta) mountains of the Jinotega region of Nicaragua. Wonderful in blends or as a single origin!
Arrival Date: September 29th, 2019
Acidity & Brightness: Moderate to Bright Acidity
Balance & Finish: Well balanced with clean dry finish
Body & Texture: Rich, Warm, and Buttery Body
Flavors: Milk chocolate, caramel and almond
Grade: Strictly High Grown (highest), grown at 1000 to 1400 masl
Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade
Processing: Fully Washed
Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, Catimor and Marogogype
Roasting: Start with a Full City (Medium), or just to the second crack. This coffee roasts very evenly and is suited for Medium-Dark roasting as well. Be warned that as you go darker, the body may thin a bit, but the milk chocolate notes will become more dark chocolate.
Recommendation: Works well with others making it a perfect blender all while standing on it's own merits!
Reminder: This coffee is raw, you must roast it before grinding and brewing
Our Review: This coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around Cooperativa Multifuncional Family Coffee R.L. (COMULFAC), a cooperative founded in 2013. COMULFAC members live within the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua. Farmers cultivate coffee on farms that average 4 to 100 acres in size and they use their own micro-mill to process harvested cherries, which allows for meticulous care in depulping, fermenting, and drying the coffee. COMULFAC was established with assistance from J&M Family (a privately owned export company in Jinotega), which has been purchasing coffee from these farmers for several years. The idea behind establishing a cooperative model was to help the farmers organize their efforts and combine their resources to develop social projects aimed at improving the quality of life in their communities.
The results of all this cooperation make for a versatile and harmonious cup. It's well balanced and bright without being too acidic. The body is rich and almost buttery and you'll find comforting notes of milk chocolate, almond and caramel. Wonderful as a base in your "house blend" or to add body to an espresso, but it's equally at home all by itself. Finally, it takes most roast levels quite well, though we find it shines best in the medium to medium-dark range!