Dried fruits like fig and raisin dominate the flavour profile of this coffee, followed by some chocolate and a nutty, pleasantly bitter finish, like walnuts. It boasts a rich, velvety mouthfeel and is highlighted by an orange citrus acidity.
The department of Nueva Segovia, where this coffee is produced, is right on the border with Honduras and forms part of the Cordillera de Dipilito, a nature reserve renowned for its rich biodiversity. As a regional blend, this coffee is named for the mill where it is processed, Beneficio La Estrella, located in the municipality of Ocotal, but it is grown in Macuelizo, Dipilto, San Fernando, Mozonte and Jalapa. In Nicaragua, farmers don’t dry their coffee on their own land, but deliver it to drying structures like Beneficio La Estrella. Nicaragua lacks government support or coffee entities to regulate the industry, so efforts to ensure producers get a fair price come from private companies and the farmers themselves. This coffee is one of a number of Nicaraguan lots we forward-purchased from this year’s crop. Forward-purchasing provides more financial security to producers, as they have a guaranteed buyer and price before the harvest is finished, which allows them to better plan their own financial outputs.