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Nicaragua La Argentina Rainforest Alliance Coffee

Nicaragua La Argentina Rainforest Alliance Coffee

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Location:        San Fernando, Nueva Segovia
Farm:              Finca El Bosque
Altitude:         1250-1560 masl
Processing:   Washed (RFA)
Varietal:         Caturra & Catuai


San Fernando is located around 24 kilometres from the region’s capital ‘Ocotal’ and of the 10,000 residents, the vast majority are coffee farmers. This beautiful area is home to the stunning and aptly named ‘Finca El Bosque’ (which translates to ‘the forest’) and has been owned by Julio Peralta since 1991. The farm lies on the mountainous slopes in the Nuevo Segovia region on the border of Honduras, providing spectacular views of the surrounding forests and mountains of Jicaro and San Fernando. The environment is incredibly wild and coffee grows densely amongst shade trees of banana and inga, the potassium provided to the soil by the banana trees is elemental to the nutrition of the coffee on the farm.

El Bosque produces coffee at altitudes of between 1250-1560 metres above sea level and has an annual rainfall of approximately 1800 millimetres. These factors, along with Julio’s inherited passion and dedication for growing exceptional coffee, combine to produce lively, bright and complex flavour nuances in the cup.

Javier Antonia Mayorquin is the manager of Finca El Bosque and of the 140 hectares that make up El Bosque, only 30 of them are allocated for coffee production. The rest of the land has been set aside for the growth of different varieties of pine and oak, and it is this factor along with a clear commitment to sustainable environmental practice that has resulted in Rainforest Alliance certification for El Bosque. All power on the farm is provided by solar panels and a rainwater harvesting tank which produces hydroelectricity.

Description

 


  

Finca La Argentina has been owned by Roger Peralta and his family since 1920 and is an incredibly beautiful farm. A steep 30-minute drive from the local mill town of Ocotal, Nueva Segovia’s capital, is all it takes to reach Finca La Argentina. The 80 hectare farm is set within, and is indeed part of, a beautiful mountain forest where many varieties of indigenous trees flourish alongside all kinds of flora and fauna. Such varied vegetation provides ample shade for the coffee that grows there.

Finca La Argentina is managed by Juan Carlos along with 40 permanent employees and 150 pickers during the harvest. Ripe cherries are handpicked and sorted between December and March. There is a wet mill on the farm where the ripe red cherry is deposited and weighed from each picker. The cherries then enter floatation tanks where ripes and unripes are separated by density. Ripe dense cherries are then pulped in a San Carlos depulper which removes the skin of the cherry using a cylindrical piece of metal. The sticky beans are then fermented for between 14 and 18 hours before being washed in channels lined with stones which provide friction to remove any remaining mucilage. The washed beans are then taken to the drying patios at the nearby mill of San Ignacio where they are regularly turned by rake to ensure good, even drying. The overall drying process will take around 10 to 12 days.

The quality control at both the wet and dry mill is second to none having benefited from visits by milling expert Jeremy Wakeford, who has made a number of improvements to bring about greater consistency and a better overall cup profile. In January 2010 Finca Argentina achieved Rainforest Alliance certification in recognition of the great care that is taken of the land and the people who work it. The audit carried out by the Rainforest Alliance produced a good score allowing for full certification. However the Peralta’s are keen to achieve an even higher score in future years and are planting a greater variety of trees across the whole estate, as advised by the auditors.

 


 


Location:        Dipilito, Nueva Segovia
Farm:                Finca La Argentina
Altitude:         1200-1350 masl
Processing:   Washed (RFA)
Varietal:          Caturra & Catuai

Details

Flavour Profiles Buttery, Chocolate, Spicy
Roast Profile Medium Roast
Cupping Notes

1. Acidity - Little acidity

2. Sweetness - good sweetness, muscovado sugar

3. Body - Light in body.

4. Balance - Very good balance of flavours

5. Character - This well-balanced coffee is just perfect for the Aeropress, with its smooth hazelnut and muscovado flavour and a buttery chocolate after-taste.

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