About the coffee
Flavour profile: This coffee makes a sweet and steady cup with a medium mouthfeel. Strong notes of toffee, with roasted hazelnuts and a hint of milk chocolate and a lingering finish of cacao nibs.
Producer: Dr. Erwin Mierisch with family
Farm: Finca Limoncillo
Municipality: Yasica Norte in the Matagalpa region
Altitude: 1200 meters above sealevel
Farm size: 171 manzanas of which 109 hectares is growing coffee
Roast level: The coffee is roasted to a light to medium level, to enhance the natural sweetness in the coffee.
This is a coffee that goes into the category we call comfortable. It is just a steady, really good coffee, chocolatey and round. So if you do not feel for any high acidity, fruity coffee and just want to go safe - this is your pick! It will still be roasted to a light to medium roast level, so remember to use a temperate between 93-96 degrees when you brew it.
About the farm Limoncillo
Finca Limoncillo is located in Matagalpa, beautifully situated with nine waterfalls within the farm. With 109 hectare of coffee trees, Limoncillo is a huge farm in comparison to the other coffees we buy from Central America, that are all about 5-10 hectare.
The coffee is washed and separated by density directly at the farm, which is common practice in Nicaragua, before it is taken by truck to the family-owned process station. At the processing station the coffee is de-pulped (beans removed from the coffee cherry), fermented overnight and dried on raised beds.
The Mierisch family is doing a lot of work in Nicaragua and Honduras. They produce a lot of coffee and they do so in a very responsible way. On the impacts reports we do during our visits to farms, they tick all of the boxes, from social projects, how to treat materials to discrimination policies.
The Mierisch family has become good friends of ours, and also well-respected producers in Nicaragua. They’re known for their experimental processing, varietal work, and exceptional coffee. Las Delicias, that we also buy, is produced by one of the daughters, Eleane Mierisch individually.
About Sustainability at Limoncillo
The Mierisch family are very active in social projects around the farms. They have a full time kitchen staff on site, to make breakfast and lunch every day, with 1000 tortillas going out per day. They have also built daycare centers and schools for their workers children, located at the farms. Children helping their families at the farms is common in Nicaragua, but instead they are asked to go to the school or leave the kids at the daycare as they are working. The workers are also offered help with family planning and medical advice from specialized staff. The FOB prices for this coffee is 2.2 USD per pound.