Honey and brown sugar sweetness, accompanied by fruited notes such as apricot and pineapple. Malic acidity, toasted cocoa finish, sweet nuts like hazelnut or almond and excellent body with a very silky mouthfeel. This is a sweet and clean coffee, who will definitely hold its own on a table of "crowd pleasers". City to Full City+.
Finca La Maria is in the municipality of Las Nubes in Dipilto area, located in the Nueva Segovia region of northwestern Nicaragua. Miguel Angel Martinez is the farmer at La Maria, and several of his lots have ranked high in past Cup Of Excellence competitions. This farm was the top coffee in the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence winner in 2011. The farm is at 1310 meters, and is nearly 3 hectares in size. The family does all the work on the farm except in harvest time when Miguel hires 10 to 12 pickers. La Maria is planted with several cultivars but this lot is pure Maracaturra, a large bean variety of coffee that is a cross between Caturra and Maragogype. It is grown mostly in Nicaragua although I have found nice examples in El Salvador too. This hybrid is large in size, and often results in some minor physical damage during processing. As a result, you can expect a few broken beans, which won't hurt the overall results of this coffee.
Dipilto Maria is a very sweet coffee, with a profile of balanced fruit and acidity . Right off the bat, the exotic features of this Maragogype/Caturra hybrid come through in the dry aroma. Ripe apricot, Sucanat, and honey suckle are all released in the dry grounds. "Big" fruits jump out of the wet aroma with pineapple and peach at the forefront. There's a strong presence of honey on the break, with creme caramel and Brazil nut not far behind. These characteristics that define the overall aromatics of Maria also define the cup. There is a honey and brown sugar sweetness to it, which is accompanied by fruited notes such as apricot and pineapple. The acidity is definitely malic, and is akin to that of green apple. Toasted cocoa comes through in the finish, along with sweet nuts like hazelnut or almond. Maria has excellent body with a very silky mouthfeel. This is a sweet and clean coffee, who will definitely hold its own on a table of "crowd pleasers".