We are fortunate to begin a new relationship with the Mierisch Family who run Fincas Mierisch, comprising of 9 farms in Nicaragua and 3 in Honduras.
The story of Fincas Mierisch began in the late 1800s when Bruno Mierisch, a German geologist, was hired to assist the Nicaraguan government in the construction of their National Railroad. Upon completion, the government was unable to pay him in full, and instead offered land in the high mountains of Matagalpa. Bruno decided to stay in Nicaragua when the coffee revolution began, and in 1908 he planted his first coffee tree. Today his legacy continues with his great-great grandchildren all having a special part to play in the Fincas Mierisch empire.
Our first coffee from the Mierisch Family comes from Limoncillo, named after a small type of lemon that was already growing on their farm when it was purchased. This farm is the second oldest coffee farm in their family and we are excited to share with you their Washed Javanica varietal.
The Mierisch family obtained Javanica seed stock by pure chance. In 2001, they purchased a bag of seeds from a man selling fruit on the side of the road, and planted it at their farm Limoncello. Fast forward to today, the varietal has obtained its popularity through its success in the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence and the Los Favoritos Private Auction.
The processing begins by careful selection of ripe cherries, these are floated then depulped before dry fermenting in tanks for 36 hours. Dry fermentation is their ideal technique as it conserves water and help remove the mucilage quicker. After fermentation the parchment is washed then transported to their dry mill for slow drying for 15 days.
Watch out for this Javanica's fizzy like acidity and incredible florality. You'll taste key lime pie, white peach and lemongrass.