Nicaragua Finca Santa Maria de Lourdes, La Vuelta plot, Natural Red Catuai (30kg vac pack)

Blackberry, apple, toffee, banana custard
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Lot Number P8002147-11
Warehouse Liverpool, UK
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    About This Coffee

    The 40 hectares of natural mountain forest that make up Finca Santa Maria de Lourdes have been under the ownership of Octavio Peralta since 1970 although for many years the area was used as a war zone during the Sandinista uprising and was heavily mined. The UN cleared the area of ​​mines in the late 1980s and Octavio began restoring the exceptional coffee production in this relatively wild region since 1994. Octavio has dedicated himself to this cause as well as preserving nature, a habitat that is recognized as a major factor in the production of its fantastic coffee. Of the 80 hectares of arable land available, 40 have been reserved for the sole purpose of maintaining and improving the natural habitat. The farm has obtained rainforest alliance certification in recognition of this decision and contributes to the continued conservation of its surroundings. It also has a well-equipped kitchen that caters to the 60 permanent workers and 150 pickers during the major harvest. The varieties found here include caturra and catuai, as well as the heirloom known as Javanica.

    The Peralta Family coffee-growing history dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, but it was only in 2008 that brothers Julio and Octavio shifted focus to developing unique specialty preparations. We are privileged to have known the Peraltas for several years and have always admired the attitude and values that they have brought to their operation. We are delighted to bring their microlots and special preparations to Europe. From single plot, single varietal separations to carefully controlled extended fermentations, the Peralta family continue to position themselves at the forefront of specialty coffee innovation.

    Origin Nicaragua
    Subregion San Fernando, Nueva Segovia
    Producer Type Single Estate
    Farm Name Finca Santa Maria de Lourdes
    Processing Natural/Dry Processed
    Growing Altitude 1550m
    Plant Species Arabica
    Variety Red Catuai
    Screen Size 15 Up
    Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

    The Region

    The municipality of San Fernando is located about 24 kilometers from the Ocotal region and of the 10,000 inhabitants, the vast majority are coffee growers. This beautiful area is located in the Nueva Segovia region where altitudes range between 1,350 and 1,550 meters above sea level. Santa Maria de Lourdes embodies a diverse range of lush vegetation and wildlife brought about by high levels of rain. Indeed the farm has 4 wetlands, 6 water sources and 5 streams, all flowing into the San Fernando River, which belongs to the La Horca River basin, which flows into the Coco River.

    Nueva Segovia boasts some of the highest growing altitudes in Nicaragua. The terrain is as beautiful as it is challenging to traverse, characterised by rolling hills and dense forest, often engulfed by thick clouds.

    The climate of Santa María de Lourdes is much more humid, which means that less coffee trees are planted to ensure balance in the ecosystem.

    The Process

    This lot was produced using natural process with an extended anaerobic fermentation. First, ripe cherries are sorted and washed. Afterward, they are introduced into airtight 450L tanks to ferment for up to 72 hours in an anaerobic environment. To lower the temperature down to approximately 15 Celsius, the tanks are placed inside water-filled fermenting pools to slow the fermentation and avoid spoilage or risk of taints for up to 72 hours.

    After the fermentation period is finished, the cherries are taken out of the tanks and transported to the dry mill for the drying process which may take up to 30 days. Initially, the cherries are spread on a single layer for a three day period to allow them to shed off the excess water. Once the excess water is eliminated and the cherries begin to dry, these are placed on the covered drying beds for the remainder of the drying period. The cherries are moved by hand three times a day to allow them to dry evenly and prevent mould or over-fermentation.

    • Subregion San Fernando, Nueva Segovia
    • Farm Name Finca Santa Maria de Lourdes
    • Producer Type Single Estate
    • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
    • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
    • Plant Species Arabica
    • Variety Red Catuai
    • Min Growing Altitude 1550m
    • Screen Size 15 Up
    • On Sale No
    • Top Lot Yes
    • CTRM Contract Number P8002147-11
    • Origin Nicaragua