Nicaragua - Java - Natural
- Country: Nicaragua
- Farm: Finca La Bendicion
- Producer: Luis Alberto Balladarez
- Region: Nueva Segovia
- Altitude: 1300-1650 meters
- Varietal: Java
- Process: Natural/Dry Process
- Harvest Season: December-March
Black cherry fruitiness, raisin sweetness, honeysuckle floral notes.
This particular coffee made its first impressions on our importer when he visited Nicaragua earlier this year. After cupping many coffees, the Java ended up being the favourite. Grown on two of Luis Alberto’s farms, Finca La Bendicion and Lo Prometido, and dry processed at Beneficio Las Segovias in Ocotal. Luis Alberto took first place in the Cup of Excellence this year and 1st and 5th place in 2018.
Despite its long history of cultivation, this is our first time offering the Java varietal at Outpost Coffee. Originally thought to be a Typica until genetic testing revealed it to be a selection from an Ethiopian Landrace population called Abyssinia (World Coffee Research) the variety was introduced to the island of Java directly from Ethiopia by the Dutch in the early 19th century. The Java variety is becoming a good growing option for smallholder farms, who use fewer inputs, as it is resistant to coffee leaf rust and coffee berry disease. In the mid-20th century, it was brought to Cameroon from Java and then, in 1991, it was brought and planted in Costa Rica, its introduction into Central America. There are some flavor characteristics found in Geisha, also of Ethiopia origin, but Java is not as delicate nor as floral. It is an easily accessible exotic variety with a deeply rooted history.