Flavour description: The coffee has an aroma of jasmine. This is a sweet and floral cup, with flavour notes of pineapple, black tea and Chardonnay. Velvety body with a subtle acidity, and a long and clean, finish.
Producer: Eleane Mierisch
Farm: Las Delicias
Varietal: Java (Longberry)
Location: Lipululu in Jinotega region
Harvested: February 2021
Farm size: 20 manzanas (about 13 hectares)
Altitude: 1450-1500 masl
Price transparency: The FOB price paid for this coffee is 18,20 USD/lb.
Roast style: Light to medium to enhance the natural flavours of the coffee.
This is an auction lot! The Coffee placed 7th in the Alliance For Coffee Excellence Private Collection Auction with the Mierisch, called Los Favoritos.
The Cupping for the competition is done by a dozen of experienced sensory judges around the world, one of those was Drop Coffee. The coffees were cupped blindly and our Green Coffee Buyers and co-owners, Joanna Alm and Stephen Leighton cupped this a 91 and 92 points. Before seeing what coffee it was, we knew we wanted to bid on this coffee. And it turned out to be a coffee that is super well known by us, a natural processed Java from Las Delicias.
That we fell in love with this coffee may not be any surprise. All year roasting the Las Delicias Natural Java in our "normal" portfolio it has cupped about 89 on our weekly quality controls. We know this coffee well, we have visited the farm since the plants were seedlings and we know how to roast it.
The cupping notes by the whole judge panel were as follows: plum, jasmine, peach ice cream, marzipan, stewed cherry, honey, passion fruit, jolly rancher candy, toffee, chardonnay. Velvety body with subtle acidity, and a long, and clean, finish.
The total lot size is 225lb which is about 102 kilo.
About Eleane Mierisch and Las Delicias
The owner of Las Delicias is Eleane Mierisch. Eleane is one of the leading lights in coffee processing in Nicaragua. Much of the reason the coffee from the family Mierisch is tasting so clear and sweet, is thanks to their great processing, and Eleane is the one in charge of it. Head of processing is a job title dominated by men in Nicaragua. She is coming from a well-established coffee family that have several farms in Honduras and Nicaragua, but Las Delicias is the first one that is hers alone and this coffee is just the second harvest coming out of her farm.
Eleane is coming from a well-established coffee family that have several farms, you may have had our coffees from Limoncillo from Nicaragua and Cerro Azul from Honduras. The Mierisch family are indeed producing very diverse coffees with dozens of different varietals and trying different processing methods with accurate, thorough processing at that. With those coffees, the family has won the Cup of Excellence in Honduras and Nicaragua several times.
The auction lot is processed as a natural, which means that the coffee beans are dried in the coffee cherries. By doing this process, the floral notes in the Java varietal are getting a boozy infusion to it and the sweetness is increased. It is a louder and more intense presentation compared to the washed processed version of the Java that we also currently have.
Las Delicias is located in the region of Jinotega at an average altitude of 1450 metres above sea level, which is considered very high for Nicaragua. It is located next to another Mierisch farm, so Eleane knows the area very well, as well as the land and what it's capable of producing. Above her knowledge of the region, there is her passion for coffee, and then you can start to understand why she wanted to produce coffee on a farm of her own. The farm is 20 manzanas (about 13 hectares) and all of it is planted with coffee. Eleane is working with a lot of respect for nature and "to be grateful to mother nature" as she says it herself.
The Mierisch family are very active in social projects around the farms. Not only do they have a full-time kitchen team at their farms to make breakfast and lunch, 1000 tortillas going out every day. They also have built daycare centres and schools for the workers, 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 caretaker as they are working. The workers are also offered help with family planning and medical advice from specialized staff.
The FOB price paid for this coffee is USD per pound 18,2 USD/lb.