Flavor Notes: Cherry, Tangerine, Toasted Almond
Origin: Selva Negra Estate, Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Altitude: 1200-1300 MASL
Varietals: Yellow Catuai
Certifications: Rainforest Alliance Certified & Direct Trade
Roast Level: Light-Medium
Net wt: 12oz
2019 was our first year sourcing this beautiful coffee--a cultivated variety called Yellow Cataui--from one of our longest-running coffee partners, Mausi and Eddy Kuhl of the Selva Negra Estate in Nicaragua. In a few short years, it has grown into one of our favorites.
We had been buying green coffee farmed by the Kuhl family in the mountainous region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua for more than 15 years. In fact, our Rainforest Alliance Certified Nicaragua Selva Negra is one of our favorites. Joe Van Gogh directly trades with the Kuhl family through Heddy Kuhl and her Beanealogy Green Bean Program, the US distributor of her family's coffee beans, which ensures an equitable trade to the farm.
“The thing that makes this coffee so special is the scarcity of the cultivar,” said Kevin Swenk, Joe Van Gogh Director of Coffee. “It’s not widely cultivated, especially in that part of the world.”
This Coffee was not intentionally planted, rather grows naturally on the farm – and we’re the only roaster to have access to it. Mausi pays certain pickers an additional premium to pick the Yellow Cataui plants since they are interspersed throughout the farm and not one single lot.
From the skilled and careful pickers roaming the coffee plants finding just the ripest cherries to the sun-dried natural processing to the artful roasting, we are sure you will enjoy this coffee with flavors of cherry, tangerine, and toasted almond.
Selva Negra is a very successful estate for many reasons, but mostly for its high quality standards in all we do. This does not end with the quality of the coffee and its processing, or with the quality of the environment with all its sustainable implications, but extends to the quality of life of those that live in the estate. ~ Selva Negra Estate