Notes: Sweet, Almond, Dried Fruit
Location: Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Direct Farm Trade
Altitude: 1100-1250 meters
Varieties: Red Catuai, Caturra
Process: Honey (Pulp Natural)
Finca Las Brisas is one of the neighboring farms to our long time friends at the Selva Negra Estate. Owned by Hugh and Katherine Force, Finca Las Brisas means "farm in the mists" as it is located high in the Cerro Apante Nature Reserve of Matagalpa. The coffee is grown under shade trees of banana, guava, orange, lemon, and many other varieties that are filled with different species of migratory birds.
Hugh and Katherine purchased the farm in 2005 after deciding to make a permanent move to Nicaragua. They restored the land back into small scale coffee production, and eventually expanded into a 120 acre farm, with 20 acres dedicated to coffee production. The farm also supports a small dairy herd as a source for cheese and milk for the surrounding community.
Hugh and Katherine, along with their full-time staff of 12, process coffee in all 3 different methods: washed, pulp natural, and full natural. They take the care in sorting their lots by variety and processing method that are each uniquely different in the cup. We chose to purchase this honey process microlot, because of its sweet, balanced, and fruity characteristics.
A honey process (also known as pulp natural) is where the skin of the coffee cherry is removed, and the pulp of the fruit is left to dry directly on the seed. This also happens to be one of Hugh's favorite processing methods because it develops fruity notes in the cup, and is much more efficient to process as compared to a natural method due to the great amount of rainfall they receive.
August 2018: We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of a great coffee friend, Hugh Force, this past week. As we release his coffee this season, it is his memory and passion for community and service we want to pay tribute. Hugh, we're raising our coffee cups to you.
Net wt: 12oz