Coffee Of The Month - Los Altiplanos

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Hints of: Caramel, Fig, Elderflower

Grown in: Los Altiplanos, Nicaragua

Best suited for: Filter

Coffee Of The Month - Los Altiplanos

What’s brewing this month?

From Jinotega, Nicaragua - known as the land of lakes and volcanoes in Central America, we've received this lot named Los Altiplanos.

This cup is bursting with flavours of Caramel, Fig & Elderflower, and makes for a wonderful filter coffee! 

Nicaragua is a pocket for high quality coffee thanks to its rich soils and various microclimates!

More about the coffee:

Coffee arrived in Nicaragua in the 1800s with Spanish colonialists, first planted on the mesas of the Pacific plains. Today, coffee has spread to three main production areas: Las Segovias, Matagalpa, and Jinotega. All characterised by fertile, volcanic soils and lush vegetation.

Today, coffee production supports the livelihoods of nearly 45,000 families in Nicaragua, representing 8% of the country’s exports. Most of these producers are smallholders, growing coffee on small plots of land whilst also growing other cash crops such as corn and beans.

A significant portion of coffee production, nearly 95%, is grown under a shade of native and exotic tree species. This means that Nicaraguan coffee grows in harmony with the surrounding ecosystems and helps promote biodiversity and soil health. 

This is vital considering the country is heavily deforested – the 108,000 hectares of coffee farms helps preserve the intact forests, and stores carbon in the soil.

Finca Los Altiplanos is situated inside the Datanlí El Diablo Nature Reserve, and is surrounded by a plethora of local flora and fauna. The Jugüina River also borders the farm, providing fresh water for coffee and other vegetation.

Fourteen years ago, Ricardo Cuadra Fajardo saw the farm for sale and fell in love, purchasing it instantly. Ricardo plants wheat and various vegetables in addition to his coffee. 30 hectares of the farm are classified as native jungle, and the coffee grows under a diverse canopy of shade.

When the coffee cherries are ripe, they are selectively hand picked and transported to the wet mill on the farm. Here, the coffee is submerged in a tank of water to remove any floaters, or low-quality cherries. They are then transported by truck to the Sajonia Estate dry mill, roughly 62 kilometers away.

Here, the cherries are evenly dispersed on raised beds to dry in the open sun for 8 hours to reduce the moisture content. Next, the beds are moved to saran tunnels, to allow the cherries to dry slowly in 80% shade for 28 – 30 days. Once the ideal moisture content is reached, the dried cherries are rested in a warehouse before being hulled and prepared for export.

We have roasted this Nicaraguan java to accentuate its best features. This varietal has oblong shaped beans, resembling to gesha varietal. It also produces similar delicate floral notes of fresh elderflower and juicy stone fruits, and is backed by more subtle, earthy notes that bring caramel and tea-like flavour in the cup.

How does Coffee of the Month work?

We produce a brand spanking new coffee, every month. If you’re someone who thinks variety is the spice of life - this one's for you. 

Our Coffee of the Month gives us the opportunity to shine a light on a specific grower or community as we explore amazingly diverse coffees from all around the world. 

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