This is the first time since 2011 Drop Coffee is taking in coffee from Nicaragua. Visiting Nicaragua earlier this year, our intention was not to buy anything. Coffees we have tasted from Nicaragua have not fit our preference, for being either earthy or sticky... man, how wrong we have been proven!
The Mierisch family are producing very diverse coffees with dozens of different varietals and trying different processing methods with accurate, thorough processing at that.
This coffee is not just great, it is delicious. But as you know, delicious coffee does not just happened. The owner of Las Delicias is Eleane Mierisch. Eleane 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 only hers and this very coffee is just the second harvest coming out of there.
The mouthfeel and sweetness reminds of the Bolivian taste profile, almost like drinking chocolate. From the Longberry varietal we get more vibrancy and notes of citric and apricot.
About Eleane Mierisch and Las Delicias
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 that. A job title normally dominated by men in Nicaragua.
Eleane comes from a coffee producing family, but she had studied to be a nurse. She works in the family business for decades, but has never owned her own farm – until 2 years ago, when she acquired Las Delicias all for herself.
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, she knows the land and what it's capable of producing. On top of this 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 no less than 20 manzanas (about 13 hectares) and all of it is planted with coffee. Eleane is working with big respect for the nature and says "to be grateful to mother nature" as she says it herself.
About the Longberry varietal
The coffee growing at Las Delicias, is the mother plant to the Longberry we are buying from La Linda in Bolivia. Seedlings from Las Delicias were brought to Roudriguez' La Linda to try out new varietals in Bolivia as it gives such a delicate yet sweet cup in Nicaragua.
The varietal is often called Longberry as that is just what it looks like - the berries and the seeds (beans) are long and slim. However, it is commonly known as Java.
Common for Nicaragua, the coffee is washed and separated by density directly at the farm, before it is taken by truck to the process station.
At the processing station the coffee is depulped (beans removed from the coffee cherry), fermented over night and dired on raised beds.
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 every day, 1000 tortillas going out everyday. They also have built daycare centers and schools for the workers, located at the the farms. Children helping their families at the farms is common in Nicaragua, but instead they are asked to go to the school or leaving the kids at the carpenter as they are working. The workers are also offered birth control and prevention supply.
Tortillas making for all workers for lunch everyday
Facts about the coffee from Las Delicias
Producer: Eleane Mierisch
Processing: Fully washed
Farm: Las Delicias
Picking period: January to February 2018
in the region Jinotega
Farm size: 20 manzanas (about 13 hectares)
Elevation: 1450-1500 meters above sea level
Harvest: December to February 2018
Flavour description: Dried apricot, citric zest, brown sugar and drinking chocolate.