This year’s lots from Nicaragua are beyond praise and we present to you another beautiful beans from this country. This washed maracaturra tasted best on the filter and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we did. Located in the middle of a forest in Nueva Segovia Finca Bethania is a true gem. Producers Martha and Ana Maria Albir cultivate coffee in a sustainable manner that protects the natural flora and fauna of the forest. This Maracaturra lot blends sustainability with a high-quality, high-yielding variety for an excellent washed lot.
Maracaturra is a cross between Maragogype and Caturra is a high-yielding variety from Brazil. It was the result of a naturally occurring cross between the 2 varieties in the 1800s. Now, it is mainly found in Brazil, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The trees are short with verdant foliage that protects it from wind damage. They are high-yielding and can be planted closely together.
Cherry is selectively handpicked and pulped at the farm’s wet mill. Coffee is fermented in tanks for 36 hours before being washed in clean water and laid on raised beds to sundry. Parchment is raked frequently to ensure even drying. It takes approximately 17 days for parchment to dry.
Notes from our baristas:At first glance, the size of the coffee beans catches your eye. So we were looking forward to seeing what beans this big could taste like and we’re delighted. The result is a sweet, full-bodied coffee with a very interesting flavour profile.
We ground the coffee in the same way we are used to with other washed coffees. And the total V60 time when we using 23grams per 330ml came out to 3 minutes and 10 seconds. We didn’t change the water temperature and used the classic 95 degrees. But now let’s get into the final cup.
You can easily find hazelnuts, herbal notes or chocolate in the aroma. The body is dominated by herbal tea notes and a nice fruity acidity reminiscent of raspberries. In the aftertaste there is a nice taste of Dutch cocoa. The colder the coffee was the more beautifully it opened up and its pleasant fruity component stood out.