Sabino

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Sabino

18.00

One 12 oz. compostable Biotre bag. This coffee will be roasted and shipped once per week, on Wednesdays.

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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 a small amount of two microlots from our friend Ben Weiner of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers in Nicaragua.  This is the second of those two lots that will  only be available online or in our retail shops.  After we’ve run through the small lots, we will settle into our Nicaraguan mainstay coffee to carry us through until next harvest.

Don Sabino grows multiple coffee varietals (not to mention, a number of other food crops) on his farm, La Fuente, in the Jinotega region of Nicaragua.  Sabino has recently taken over the family farm from his father.  He has an evident attention to detail and high aspirations to grow the farm, plant more coffees, and continue to implement more efficient processing techniques in the future.  Don Sabino  proudly uses two oxen to plow his fields and a multitude of raised beds for drying and sorting his coffees.

Because of their extreme attention to detail, Gold Mountain has 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 Sabino is sweet, rich, and comforting.  It has a creamy mouthfeel that, coupled with a brown sugar sweetness, reminds us a lot of butterscotch or caramel.  The acidity is that of sweet, balanced fruits - most similar to red apples or ripe cherries.  This coffee is truly a treat. Enjoy!

Producers: Ben Weiner / Gold Mountain Coffee Growers
Region: Jinotega
Country: Nicaragua
Varietal: Red Caturra and Catuai
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1400 masl
Harvest Season: Jan - Mar 2017