Nicaragua Java Natural
Cup Characteristics: Aromas of dried fruit and flowers. Flavors of black cherry, raisin, chocolate, and honeysuckle. A delicately sweet, earthy, fruity, and complex cup with floral background notes.
$21.99 per pound
Arrived August 2021 from Nicaragua in Grain Pro. We offered this coffee last season and it was a treat to have. The gentle florality found in this varietal is a welcome flavor trait.
Despite its long history of cultivation, this is our first time offering the Java varietal at Willoughbys. 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.
This particular coffee made its first impressions on our roaster when he visited Nicaragua earlier this year. After cupping many coffees over 4 days, the Java ended up being the favorite. 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.
- Country: Nicaragua
- Farm: Finca La Bendicion
- Producer: Luis Alberto Balladarez
- Region: Nueva Segovia
- Municipality: Mozonte
- Altitude: 1300-1650 meters
- Varietal: Java
- Process: Natural/Dry Process
- Harvest Season: December-March