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Nicaragua El Quetzal Maracatu

Another new coffee added to the site. This is a farm we have supported for a while and we were abel to get one bag of Maracatu a varietal which is mix between Maragogype & Caturra, and is an oversized bean. To buy click here or to read more take a look below.

El Quetzal owned by my friend Roberto Bendaña is a lovely farm that I visited on my trip in 2008. The farm is a mix of the Caturra (40%), Catuaí (40%) and Catimor (20%) varietals. This is the main site there is a tiny part that Roberto does  Next door to El Quetzal is Finca Los Alto, another whose coffee we are stocking this year.

Roberto approaches coffee growing in a scientific way and is always trying new things. Not only new things with the farm itself, but also new facilities for the workers there. Construction of additional high-quality housing for the 150 permanent employees and 450 seasonal pickers alike has been recently completed at El Quetzal. These facilities include running water, along with separate washing and kitchen blocks. The old latrines have been replaced with toilet blocks. A septic tank and bio-digestor now provide methane gas for cooking. This also keeps any waste water from entering the river system. I visited the library, day care centre and school which has a full range of sports and music facilities. There are plans to add computers internet access as well. I was able to travel all around the farm. It is an amazing place.

In the cup this coffee has a big full body and a rich, sweet flavor profile that has with a slight nutty finish. Normally, I would say leave the ‘Nics’ away from the espresso machine, but this one is an awesome single origin shot.

El Quetzal

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