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Our coffee is supplied to us by HasBean, a Staffordshire based roaster. Hasbean pride themselves on cutting out the middle man and dealing directly with the coffee farmers, offering them a higher price for their beans and a contract as a dependable buyer. HasBean specialise in single estate coffee, meaning that the individual farms’ beans and varietals are roasted separately and not used as a blend.
This month we are serving a coffee from Finca La Escondida, a farm close to Lake Apanas near the city of Jinotega, which is the capital of the department of Jinotega in the north-central region of Nicaragua. The straight translation from Spanish to English of 'escondida' is ‘hidden’. Escondida is called 'Escondida' because the farm is 'hidden' from the road by forest and trees, which makes it appear to blend right into the side of the mountain. La Escondida is a rather young farm as coffee farms go, because the first trees were planted there only ten years ago – in 2006. La Escondida is planned around identifying the plots with individually different micro-environments resulting from factors such as soil quality, sun exposure and temperature range. This is one of the upsides of starting to plant a new farm.
The varietal is Laurina, which is incredibly rare! Why is it rare? Laurina, or 'Bourbon Pointu', is a varietal with low caffeine content: around 0.6% compared to an average of 1-1.2% for many Arabica types, and compared to over 2% for some Robusta. It is a dwarf form from Reunion Island and is highly susceptible to leaf rust and disease, and its yield is low, but it produces a really interesting coffee. We hope to welcome you to one of our shops in the near future to try some for yourself.
Keeping the foodie passions alive…