NICARAGUA FINCA EL PASTORAL
Our September coffee of the month is a natural and organic processed coffee from Finca El Pastoral in Nicaragua. It is sweet, with a vibrant acidity and a medium body. There is some slight citrus sweetness in the front of the cup and then the orange and cranberry acidity pop in the middle. As the acidity begins to fade, the sweet flavors of milk chocolate and honey take over, leaving a dry, sweet aftertaste on the tongue.
Roast Color: Medium
Cupping Notes: Orange, Milk Chocolate, Cranberry, Honey
Story: What’s the best way to support coffee producers? This is exactly the question Juan de Dios Castillo (the family’s agronomist) and his 4 siblings were looking to answer when they created J&M Family Coffee, a privately-owned export company named after their parents Juan and Miriam. Their first goal was to sell their parents’ coffee directly to international buyers. It was a way to honor their parents who started cultivating coffee during their childhood with the income from the first family business as tailors in the town of Jinotega. With this first goal completed, Juan de Dios Castillo decided to take on a new challenge and start his own farm called El Pastoral, which has 150 acres of coffee production.
Cherries from Finca Pastoral are selected for more specialized processing rather than the more common washed processing. This Natural processed lot is a stunning example of the skill and commitment Juan de Dios has invested in the family business. During the harvest, the coffee cherries are carefully harvested and transported to the dry-mill where the weather conditions are more stable for evenly drying coffee inside the cherry. After drying is completed, the coffee is stored and later prepared for export at the same dry-mill. This is a truly integrated model, in which J&M Family Coffee ensures quality control and traceability from farm to export.