Nicaragua Finca Buenos Aires Caturra

Nicaragua Finca Buenos Aires Caturra

Farm Description

Finca Buenos Aires Estates is a fairly large farm of about 215 hectares in the Jinotega growing region. We've visited Buenos Aires the past few seasons, cupping through small batches from the farm, and have been impressed with the clean sweetness of their cultivar-specific process batches. This one is all Caturra, which is a cultivated mutation of Bourbon that occurred in Brazil in the mid '30s, but was planted in South and Central America mostly in the 1950s. Buenos Aires is a rather low farm compared to other origins we buy, with this lot coming from about 1200 meters. I found it very balanced, clean, moderately bright and very sweet, perhaps showing how relative farm altitude can be in relation to cup quality. Impressed by the quality from the farm, we wound up buying five lots from Buenos Aires this year, a record for us, two Caturra lots of different process types, and three large bean Maracaturras.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The Buenos Aires Caturra has a mild dry fragrance, malty sweet, a compound of milk chocolate and raw nut that's like hazelnut creamer. Adding the hot water brings around a honeyed scent, wheat puff cereal, and mild brown sugar. Both our City+ and Full City roasts smelled and tasted quite clean, nut flavors without any sort of dryness, and sugary sweetness making for a balanced cup. The cup is delightful at City+ and Full City; clear cane-sugar sweetness, vanilla candies (ever try that chewy taffy candy, "White Rabbits"?), and roasted almond. Flavors are succinct, with a sweetly-disappearing aftertaste. It's a restrained cup, balanced as you surpass the City+ roast level. We tried City, but found it to be too light, nut tones dominating the cup without the balancing sweetness found a shade beyond. The middle-roasts finish with a light milk chocolate flavor, complimenting nut and dried apple flavors, while at Full City the chocolatey flavors are much more like bittersweet cacao bar. This Caturra separation is definitely a "crowd-pleaser" cup, accessible, with subtle nuance as well. And as espresso, Buenos Aires is fantastic on it's own, but would also make a killer base for blending offering so much bittersweet chocolate.

Score

86.2

Lot Size

40 x 69kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City+; great SO espresso or blend base at Full City and beyond

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

SHB; .4 d/300gr, 16 - 18 Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $205.00 ($4.10/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $395.00 ($3.95/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

Welcome to Buenos Aires!

Dried parchment coffee at the Buenos Aires mill

Final wash post fermentation at the mill

coffee all tied up, and ready for transport to the drying beds
 

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