Nicaragua Limoncillo - Java Longberry Cultivar

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37.9
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade SHG
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17-18+ Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+: a good chocolate roast taste develops at FC+, and this coffee can perform very well as a Java in a blend, but you need a C+ roast to find the lemon cookie flavor!
Weight 1 LB
This is an exotic selection: grown in Nicaragua, pure old-type Java cultivar ... at least that's how the story goes. How did this come to be? There was a private coffee research labratory that had experimental gardens, including a selection of traditional Ethiopian and Indonesian cultivars. During the unstable political years in Nicaragua, it went out of business. A coffee farmer who happened to know the main researcher there was aware they were working with old heirloom longberry seedstock, but did not have access to the seeds ... well, until the place shut down. Then somebody surprisingly showed up at their door with 20 Lbs of prepared coffee seed, no questions asked, marked "Variedad Java". Java? Ethiopia Longeberry? It's a bit unclear but in the cup there are hints of both. Planting an unknown seed stock without knowing the full results of the lab testing. But that's exactly what happened, and the results are quite extraordinary and, as I mentioned before "exotic". Why? The cup character is unlike any other Nicaragua coffee I know of, especially in the light roast when you get a complete representation of the "origin flavor" of this coffee, unmasked by roast. You will notice immediately the unusual seed shape: a longbean form with tapered ends, almost like a football (uh, US football). This is actually unlike modern Java offerings that are hybrids, and more like seedstock originating in Kaffa, Ethiopia, and traveling a circuitous route via Holland to the "East Indies" in the hands of the Dutch. And you may know, it was the Dutch that planted all that coffee in Java. This cup is very unusual for a Nicaragua, and not a Java either, but something new formed from the two influences, with a good bit of Ethiopia in there too. There is the slick, heavier body of the Java, the low acidity, and some of the nutty notes in the lighter roast found from that Indonesian island. But there is a sweetness (very subtle, as the cup cools) and brightness (very moderate) not found in Java coffees. It is more balanced. There is a mild lime note that adds zest to the cup, and a slight smokey quality in the finish, as the cup comes down in temperature. Overall, it's mild and balanced, but I find it a unique example of the confluence of cultivar and origin influences upon the final cup. This cup is very unusual for a Nicaragua, and not a Java either, but something new formed from the two influences. There is the slick, heavier body of the Java, the low acidity, and some of the nutty notes in the lighter roast found from that Indonesian island. But there is a sweetness (very subtle, as the cup cools) and brightness not found in Java coffees. It is more balanced. The aroma has a "lemon wafer cookie" aspect, and is more sweet and floral than previous offerings of this coffee. There is a mild lemon note that adds zest to the cup, and a slight smokey quality in the finish, as the cup comes down in temperature. Overall, it's mild and balanced, but I find it a unique example of the confluence of cultivar and origin influences upon the final cup. Another interesting sidenote: under a modified name, a sister lot of this same coffee attained #2 in this years Nicaragua Cup Of Excellence, which confirms what I have thought for a few years running... this is very unique coffee.