These beans are kind of big... and kind of a big deal! Springtime is the annual advent of Central American coffee season, we're thrilled to feature this rare, chocolate-raspberry Nicaragua Javanica from the award-winning Mierisch family.
Mierisch is the name to know in Nicaraguan coffee. A coffee-growing family since 1908, Mierisch operates 10 different farms spread across Nicaragua's best growing regions, and their coffees are regular placeholders in Cup of Excellence competitions. This lot is from their San Jose farm, located on the misty hillsides of Matagalpa. Javanica, a rare and notable varietal, is this farm's specialty-- the beans are unusually large, with a tapered, oblong shape. Javanica plants produce fewer beans than other types, but the large beans they produce are packed with flavor and complexity. Javanica coffees are known for their silky texture and aromatic notes of jasmine, stone fruit, and rich chocolate. In fact, it was a Javanica from Mierisch that won 4th place in the 2017 Cup of Excellence.
This delicious cup is everything we love about Nicaraguan coffee and Javanica in particular. Upon grinding, these beans give out a sweet aroma like strawberry jam. In the cup we taste sweet ripe raspberry within a body of smooth, dark chocolate. The pulped natural process enhances the rich body and sugary fruit flavors, making this a big, flavorful cup that stays sweet and clean.
This year, because of economic and political troubles, specialty coffee from Nicaragua is even rarer and more difficult to find than ever. This fantastic lot is a product of the family's dedication to their 100+ year old coffee tradition. Kind of a big deal, indeed. Enjoy this rare and special Javanica, one of the true treasures of the coffee world.