One 12 oz. compostable Biotre bag.
As part of an ongoing effort to start featuring more coffees from each of our relationships (thus showcasing the wide variety that each origin has to offer), we’ve decided to buy multiple different lots from our friend Ben Weiner of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers in Nicaragua. In years past we have mostly featured coffees from Ben’s personal farm, Finca Idealista. This year, however, our Nicaraguan mainstay is from one of the many coffee growing families that Ben works with - Don Francisco and his wife, Blanca Nieve.
Our goal for this Nicaraguan coffee offering is for it to be consistently and exceptionally sweet, balanced, and clean. Don Francisco hits all the marks. He is an exceptional farmer with a keen attention to detail. This dedication coupled with the perfect climate and location all play a huge role in the outcome of this coffee. Don Francisco takes advantage of Ben Weiner’s generous loan program each year to make improvements on his farm. A main notation from one of our green coffee buyers, Eli Masem, after visiting during the 2017 harvest was that Don Francisco has expanded more than any other of Gold Mountain’s partner farmers. He mentioned that Don Francisco has seemed to master the delicate skill of taking loans, promptly paying them back, and succeeding in higher yields and higher quality harvests. The bulk of this funding has been invested in a new truck - allowing them to cut down on the amount of time it takes to get the coffee from the mountain down to the drying beds. Additionally, they have installed solar powered panels on their home, improved their workers’ housing, and improved their coffee processing equipment and infrastructure. The higher altitude and increased cloud coverage in the mountain of Jinotega causes the cherries to ripen at a slower pace, absorbing more nutrients along the way. In fact, because of this cooler climate, Don Francisco’s coffees are harvested almost a full two months later than most of the rest of the country.
Because of Gold Mountain’s extreme attention to detail, they have an incredible staff that is well represented in the field at their own farm (Finca Idealista) as well as all of their partners’ operations. They don’t just have pickers on the farms; they have pickers that are double and triple checked by teams of picker supervisors. They don’t just remove imperfect cherries while at the farm level; they hand sort again on conveyor belts during the drying process and again through mechanical processing and again through the use of special UV lights that help to spot defects. All of this hard work pays off when witnessing just how beautifully rich and clean these coffees taste. Gold Mountain never ceases to amaze us with their commitment to quality and sustainability. In addition to providing loans and technical assistance to their partner producers, building libraries in nearby schools, and helping set up running water in local communities, they have recently bought a rainforest surrounding their property to protect endangered wildlife. The coffee community has definitely noticed these grand efforts in sustainability, and Gold Mountain was given an award of excellence by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe in 2016. We’re extremely fortunate to be involved in this true direct trade relationship – Gold Mountain does all of the exporting and importing themselves, cutting out any third parties. This washed coffee from Don Francisco has a creamy mouthfeel that, coupled with a brown sugar sweetness, reminds us a lot of butterscotch or caramel. Subtle fruit acidity lingers behind the dessert-forward flavor profile - notably, oranges and dried red apples. A slight hint of baking spice urges Don Francisco to taste very reminiscent of warm apple cider. This coffee is perfectly balanced and delicious. Be careful - it’s an easy drinker. Take your shoes off. Brew up a pot. Get comfortable by the fire. This one’s going to warm you up through the Winter and keep you comfortable throughout the Spring. Enjoy!