A light-medium roast, single estate coffee with flavour notes of chocolate, honey and raspberry.
Nicaragua Santa Maria Honey Single Estate Coffee Beans
Santa Maria is one of seven estates in the region of Jinotega and Matagalpa. It is owned by Victor Robelo, who is part of the Las Nubes group.
Originally bought in the late 1990's, the farms were planted with his fathers’ favourite varietals, Yellow Catuai and Caturra. The Santa Maria estate produces mainly Caturra, and is focused on producing high quality lots using different processing methods.
The coffee is picked and processed at the farms own wet mill, before being taken to the dry mill facility in Matagalpa. At the mill, drying beds are stacked three or four layers high to control temperature and humidity as required for the processing method.
Nicaragua is a large but sparsely populated country in Central America. It is a small-scale producer of high-quality coffees. The country's coffee output accounts for around 1.4% of world production.
Key coffee producing regions are in the north-west of the country near the border with Honduras. Farmers typically have plots of not more than 3 hectares each. They farm a wide selection of Arabica sub-varieties including Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon and Pacamara.
Where: Central America : Nicaragua, Jinotega, Aranjuez.
Owner: Victor Robelo.
Altitude: 1,380 - 1,500 MASL.
SCA Cup Score: 84.5.
Roast: Light - Medium.
Drink it: Works well in a cafetiere, any type of filter device or as a single origin espresso. Equally good black or with milk.
Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Honey and Raspberry.