As the fall approaches, we are delighted to introduce our next Reserve Coffee from Finca El Bosque in Nicaragua. We find it sweet and refreshing, with notes of cocoa, melon and strawberry with a smooth finish.
This Reserve coffee comes from the Peralta Family in Northern Nicaragua, who operates seven farms which are located among the Dipilto and Jalapa Mountain Range within Nueva Segovia, bordering Honduras. There are unique micro-climates in this vicinity that produce high quality coffees that mature slowly, even at lower altitudes than many other Central American coffee growing regions. The family champions sustainability methods by utilizing solar panels, a rainwater harvesting tank which produces hydroelectricity, and growing varieties of pine and oak among the rest of their land. These are among many of the practices that earn El Bosque a Rainforest Alliance certification.
You may have noticed the process for this coffee listed as “Yellow Honey”, and that the beans in this photo do actually appear to have a yellow tint. The name “honey-processed” itself can be misleading, as most people will assume that honey is used in the process, or that the coffee will taste of honey- but this is false. “Honey-processed” is the method of drying the coffee cherry after it is pulped, with the mucilage layer still left on the parchment on the drying beds. The mucilage layer contains a high amount of sugar and acidity which is essential for the honey process. There are three levels of honey processed coffees: yellow, red, and black. The different colors result from the amount of the mucilage left on the beans, and the overall drying time. Yellow honey process receives copious amounts of sunshine, which, over the course of about 8 days, imparts a yellow color to the beans. Red and black take even longer to dry, approximately 12 and 30 days, respectively.
We hope you enjoy this enticing coffee that represents the care and dedication of a fine micro-lot from Nicaragua. Enjoy
Origin: Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua
Producer: Peralta Family
Process: Yellow Honey
Elevation: 4,101 - 5,118 ft
Varietals: Yellow Catuai
Stay tuned for our next Reserve Coffee, from Costa Rica!