Ep. 779 Nicaragua Finca San Jose Natural Catuai

Toffee, plum, fig.

The San Jose farm was acquired in November 2003. At the time it was completely abandoned, and due to its inaccessibility it's been a work in progress for many, many years. It's up in the chain of mountains that marks the border of Jinotega and surrounds the skirts of Apanas lake at 1,300-1,400 metres above sea level. San Jose overlooks the long-time favourite farm 'Escondida', and that farm can be seen from the very top of San Jose.

It's an incredibly beautiful farm with amazing views that are well worth the off-road trek up the mountain to gain access (even if we did get stuck two times). Dr. Mierisch said that he may build himself a small house on the farm to retire to one day: "overlooking the coffee plants and Lake Apanas in the background sounds like a dream come true".

A silky body with toffee and caramel sweetness is balanced by the gentle fruitiness of plums and figs.

  • Country: Nicaragua
  • Department: Jinotega
  • Community: Lipululo
  • Farm: San Jose
  • Farm Manager: Jorge Luis Mendez
  • Coffee growing area: 46 hectares
  • Elevation: 1,250-1,400 m.a.s.l.
  • Harvest Months: December-March
  • Diurnal Temp. Cycle: Avg High 21ºC, Low 15ºC
  • Protected Rainforest: 3 hectares
  • Variety: Catuai
  • Processing method: Natural

Further Information

Tasting notes: Toffee, plum, fig.

Cup of Excellence Cupping Scores

  • Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
  • Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
  • Acidity: (1–8): 6
  • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
  • Flavour: (1–8): 6
  • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
  • Balance: (1–8): 6.5
  • Overall: (1–8): 6
  • Correction: (+36): +36
  • Total: (max. 100): 86

Roast Information
Medium-dark - keeping a steady pace, you want to go through first crack and just up to the first pops of second as the roast ends.