Nicaragua: Santa Maria, Jinotega
Santa Maria is one of seven estates that reach across Jinotega and Matagalpa and are owned by Victor Robelo as part of the Las Nubes group. Originally bought in the late nineties, the farms were planted with his fathers’ favourite varietals, Yellow Catuai and Caturra. The Santa Maria farm itself produces mainly Caturra, and under the managerial eye of Jimmy Mierisch is focused on producing high-quality lots with new processing methods.
The coffee is picked and processed at the farms own wet mill, before being taken as cherry to the dry mill facility in Matagalpa that Las Nubes bought in 2014. It is here that the drying beds are located, stacked three or four layers high to control temperature and humidity as required for the processing method. By owning their supply chain, they can tightly control the variables and therefore ensure that any experimentation is best positioned to be replicated.
As this coffee is naturally processed and grown at high altitudes, the coffee offers a very sweet cup. Once ground, the coffee bursts with a very unique strawberry aroma, and floral, nutty notes.