These days, finding a great coffee at a reasonable price seems too good to be true. It seems even more unbelievable when you realize this is a single estate, organic coffee from a family farm. But believe me when I say this coffee punches well above its price point! It’s got zesty brightness, excellent body and delightful sweetness all wrapped up in a surprisingly clean cup. What more could you want? How about notes of tropical fruit, plum, cane sugar and lime? Stock up on this great value before it’s gone!
Reminder! This coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Arrival Date: August 26th, 2022. US Arrival August, 2022
Acidity & Brightness: Zesty brightness, juicy sweet
Balance & Finish: Slightly complex with a clean finish
Body & Texture: Full bodied, creamy texture
Flavors: Tropical fruit, plum, cane sugar and lime
Grade: SHG, grown at 1100 – 1460 masl
Processing: Honey processed, depulped and immediately dried on raised screens in the sun
Grower: Juan de Dios Castillo Aruaz (J&M Family Coffee, S.A.) | Finca El Pastoral
Region: Jinotega, Nicaragua
Varieties: Catuai, Parainema
Recommended Roast Range: City+ to Full City+ (Light-medium to Medium-Dark)
Start with a Full City (Medium), or just before the second crack. Lighter to medium roasts will turn the brightness more tangy and emphasize tropical fruit at the expense of a bit of body. Darker roasts will turn the cane sugar notes into carmelized sugar and accent plum while adding a bit of body at the expense of brightness.
Royal Coffee - "What’s the best way to support coffee producers? This is exactly the question Juan de Dios Castillo (the family’s agronomist) and his 4 siblings were looking to answer when they created J&M Family Coffee, a privately owned export company named after their parents Juan and Miriam (J&M). Their first goal was to sell their parents’ coffee directly to international buyers. It was a way to honor their parents who started cultivating coffee during their childhood with the income from the first family tailoring business in the town of Jinotega. With this first goal completed, Juan de Dios Castillo decided to take the next step and start his own farm called El Pastoral, which has 150 acres of coffee production. Cherries from Finca Pastoral are selected for more specialized processing rather than the more common washed processing. This honey processed lot is a stunning example of the skill and commitment Juan de Dios has invested in the family business. During the harvest, the coffee cherries are carefully harvested, sorted, and depulped. Then the remaining seed covered in mucilage is transported to the dry-mill where the weather conditions are more stable for evenly drying coffee. After drying is completed, the coffee is stored and later prepared for export at the same dry-mill. This is a truly integrated model, in which J&M Family Coffee ensures quality control and traceability from farm to export. Royal has the distinguished honor of being the first importer to buy from J&M Family Coffee when they started operations in 2014."