Nicaragua – Los Altiplanos by Ricardo Cuadra Fajardo (COE #22 2021 Farm)
"Upon grounding, the coffee has an aroma of blackberries, raisins with grape flavours. The main notes are raisin, blueberry jam, grape juice. In the midsection peach with hazelnut cocoa residue in the finish. Solid cup."
Finca Los Altiplanos is located in the Natural Reserve of Cerro Datanli-El Diablo, in the highlands of the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua. The location is an ideal location to produce coffee of wide varieties. At Los Altiplanos, the farm produce Pacamara, Java, Catuai, Marcellesa and Paraneima.
Finca Los Altiplanos is a family operated farm and they are committed to the community and environment where they operate. The farm has been around for quite sometimes now and the current owner Ricardo Cuadra Fajardo purchased it in the mid 90’s.
The first owner was from Scotland, by the name of Mr Potter. He had to sold it due to the instability of Nicaragua throughout the late 30s. Due to the civil war between the Nicaraguan National Guard and those of Augusto Cesar Sandino. Mr Potter left Nicaragua during the unrest and after his death, the farm was sold to the 21st Nicaraguan President, Anastasio Samoza Garcia. The farm still produce coffee throughout the period until it was confiscated by the Sandinista and became part of the agrarian reform in the 90s. The land was then put on sale and Snr Ricardo purchased it without hesitation.
In 2021 he took part in the Cup of Excellence competition for his Pacamara variety. This coffee was cupped and scored 87.21. What we have is not a pacamara variety but a Java variety. As a COE farmer, the quality standard is high to ensure a good yield and good quality coffee in the cup. Snr Ricardo regards the participation in the Cup of Excellence competition like this as it sets a very high standards for producers to maintain year on year and at the same time it helps producer economically and continue to improve his coffee plantation for years to come.
The coffee that we have here is processed as natural/dry process. The coffee is dried on raised African beds until it reached the designated moisture. The coffee is then rested and only dehulled when there is order to keep the green coffee as fresh as possible. On top of that, Los Altiplanos has invested in the optical sorting machine to ensure that the quality of the coffee that reached to the customer has a verry minimal defect as possible.
Variety : Java
Altitude : 1300 masl
Process : Natural
Origin : El Diablo, Jinotega