Region: Comayagua, Siguatepeque, Rio Bonito
Farm: Finca Santa Lucia
Farmer/Grower: Familias Mierisch
Altitude: 1550 m.a.s.l.
Density: 1.15 g/ml
Harvest Date: April, 2020
Arrival Date: August, 2020
SCA Cupping Score: 88.0
Santa Lucia was purchased two years after her sister farm, Cerro Azul, in 2014.
and he wanted to set it up as a model farm. However, the coffee was close to abandoned when we purchased the farm. The wet mill was abandoned as well but had the minimal machinery in order to function. Despite this, The Mierisch family saw potential. The farm had the necessary infrastructure for coffee cultivation: shade trees and wind breakers. The decision was made to only plant exotic varieties such as Laurina, Java, Orange/Yellow Bourbon, SL-28, and Gesha.
This Gesha, just like last year’s 1st Place winner, was processed as a washed coffee. All of the processes begin at the farm by only selecting optimally blood red, ripe cherries. These are floated and then carefully depulped using the least amount of water as possible. After depulping, the coffee is dry fermented in ceramic tiled fermentation tanks for 36 hours. The dry fermentation method is chosen because of the water conservation purposes, it also helps remove the mucilage quicker. Post fermentation, the parchment is washed and transported to the raised beds inside of the greenhouse. The greenhouse is designed to allow 50% shade for optimal drying conditions. Slow drying is key to the success of this coffee, which has been perfected for many years by Fincas Mierisch in Nicaragua. The slow and controlled drying not only helps in the positive flavor of the coffee but also helps extend shelf life of the green coffee as the embryo of the seed is kept alive longer. This lot dried for 16 days until it reached a humidity range of 12% or below. Once dried, the coffee was moved to our warehouse where it rested as parchment for at least a month in order to homogenize the humidity in the beans.
Cupped 1-28-23 - fragrance and aroma great, taste great! Berries stood out in this roast. The ROR bounced around a lot and the 10.5% loss had me worried about how it was going to taste. But it tasted amazing! I tried this roast on espresso and it was great as well. Harder to dial in but yummy once I did.
Based on this graph - https://roast.world/my/roasts/913kmLZSK_cxZAQw7LXZ3