A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to join a cupping at Zoka Coffee Roasters and taste this year’s Nicaragua Javanica from the award-winning Mierisch family. We carried this coffee last year and, with just one sip, it all came back to me. A pulped natural process enhances the rich body and sugary fruit flavors. Upon grinding, these beans give out a sweet aroma like strawberry jam, and the cup carries smooth flavors of sweet ripe raspberry and dark chocolate. This Cup of Excellence-winning farm made me fall in love with Nicaraguan coffee.
Here’s the story. Mierisch is one of the best-known names in Nicaraguan coffee. A coffee-growing family since 1908, they operate 10 farms across Nicaragua’s best growing regions, and their coffees routinely win top awards at local and international competitions, including Cup of Excellence. This lot is from the San Jose farm, located on the misty mountains of Matagalpa. This rare bean varietal, Javanica, is this farm’s specialty: the name is a combination of Java and Nicaragua! These large beans are packed with flavor and complexity, with a silky chocolate texture and sweet, aromatic fruit flavors. A Javanica from Mierisch, just like this one, won a Cup of Excellence award in 2017.
Javanica beans are the true gems of Nicaraguan coffee, and this cup will show you why. You’ll love starting your mornings with this sweet cup of chocolate and raspberry jam, a rare and exclusive lot from Zoka’s personal relationship with the Mierisch family. Capture your own bag of Nicaragua San Jose, a limited-lot offering that’s only available for a short time. One sip, and you’ll be “jamming” on this one all day.