Nicaragua Los Nubarrones
Prune, Vanilla & Chocolate
250g — £8.50
- SCA Score 85.75
- Producer Mariano Montealegre and Emir Antonio Aquilar
- Altitude 1600 - 1700
- Process Washed
- Varietal Java
- Location Mozonte, Nueva Segovia
This is another great coffee from our Nicaraguan selections of 2021. Java is a varietal that I don't often roast and part of the reason I chose to purchase the Los Nubarrones. Expect a sticky prune like character, vanilla and a long chocolate finish. This is one of those great coffees for cafetiere brewing.
In 2012 Mariano Montealegre bought the land on which Los Nubarrones now lay on, the farm is 5.6 hectares with rich sandy and loam soil and the cioffees is grown under the shade of Liquidambar, pine trees and guava. From the start Mariano and his partner Emir have planted only Java trees and commenced to run the farm.
Los Nubarrones is located near Cerro Mogoton, the highest elevation in Nicaragua, the location of the farm is remote and very difficult to reach; the view from Los Nubarrones is truly magnificent but as of today there is no road yet that would link the farm to the road net in the area.
Cafetos de Segovia is a dry mill located in Ocotal and surrounded by coffee land, making it easy for producers to deliver the wet parchment the same day as they harvest and process it.
In 2015, a local producer family realised that the prices paid for coffee cherries in the region were too low and that they could produce high-quality coffee on their own farm. They decided to create a dry mill to add value to their product, and that mill is now run by sisters Martha and Ana, along with their team.
The family own a few farms that were inherited from Martha and Ana’s father. Like many properties in the area (in the north, bordering Honduras), the story of the farms’ ownership is a complex one. From 1975-1979 the Nicaraguan revolution hit the entire country, but it was even more intense at the Honduran border, forcing the family to emigrate to the USA. They returned to Ocotal six years later to find that their house and much of their farmland had been seized by the government. Only the house was returned to them – they had lost more than 100 manzanas (70ha) of coffee farm.
The dry mill services their farms and greenhouse – which they built in 2020 to grow experimental lots and more delicate varieties – but also the coffee of some relatives and a few non-related producers from the area. In total, 47 other producers work with Cafetos de Segovia. During peak harvest, up to 300 quintales per day is delivered to the mill, which has a drying capacity of 3,000 quintales at any one time (1 quintal = approximately 46kg green beans). Up to 30 people work at the mill during the season.
Most of the coffee is delivered as wet parchment or cherries and 80% of the lots are washed. The drying is usually started on a patio, in the shade for 5-6 days and then in full sun. All patios are covered with black net so that the coffee is not laid directly on the floor. Shade drying is necessary as the sun hits hard at this lower altitude (less than 900masl). The naturals are moved every 3-4 hours and the coffee is piled during the hottest hours of the day.
Cafetos de Segovia submits lots to the national Cup of Excellence every year, and always ranks highly.