BERRIES, CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA, SUGARCANE
- Processing: Pulp Natural (Honey)
- Farm Manager: Jose Elias Contreras
- Region: Jinotega, Lipululo
- Altitude: 975 - 1230 masl
- Variety: Laurina
- Harvest Months: December-March
- Whole Bean Coffee - 200g
- Medium-light roasted.
- Optimal brew: Filter 6-30 days
Fincas Mierusch La Escondida is close to Lake Apanas near the city of Jinotega, which is the capital of the department of Jinotega in the north-central region of Nicaragua. The straight translation from Spanish to English of 'escondida' is ‘hidden’. Escondida is called 'Escondida' because the farm is 'hidden' from the road by forest and trees, which makes it appear to blend right into the side of the mountain.
La Escondida is a rather young farm as coffee farms go, because the first trees were planted there only eleven years ago – in 2006. La Escondida is planned around identifying the plots with individually different micro-environments resulting from factors such as soil quality, sun exposure and temperature range. This is one of the upsides of starting to plant a new farm.
This is the varietal Laurina, which is incredibly rare! Why?
Laurina (or Bourbon Pointu) is a varietal with low caffeine content: around 0.6% compared to an average of 1–1.2% for many Arabica types, and compared to over 2% for some Robusta. It is a dwarf form from Reunion Island and is highly susceptible to leaf rust and disease, and its yield is low, but it produces a super interesting coffee.