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Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America sandwiched between Costa Rica to the South and Honduras to the north with the Caribbean to the East and Pacific West coast. It’s lush tropical vegetation, high mountains (often volcanic) and temperate climate give it the perfect climate for agriculture.
It has been producing coffee for over 200 years, but a turbulent past almost destroyed the industry. Since 1990, after political stability resumed, Nicaragua’s coffee industry has flourished thanks to some well-placed family estates driving the sector forward. Much of the coffee is produced in the highlands of Jinotega and Matagalpa which each produce distinct and unique flavours.
Santa Maria is one of seven estates that reach across Jinotega and Matagalpa and are owned by Victor Robelo as part of the Las Nubes group. Originally bought in the late nineties after the cessation of action by the Contras, the farms were planted with his fathers’ favourite varietals, Yellow Catuai and Caturra. The Santa Maria farm itself produces mainly Caturra, and under the managerial eye of Jimmy Mierisch is focused on producing high quality lots with new processing methods.
Round body, delicate acidity, caramel, orange, toffee, blueberry notes.