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Mercedes Farms Nicaraguan Catimor
A totally new type of coffee! Catimor is the "fourth bean" that gives traditional Vietnamese cafe blends their unparalleled complexity. In Vietnam, Catimor is rarely given center stage, though. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, Catimor is a prized heirloom. The result is a premium quality bean with a unique and deeply layered flavor profile. The farm uses mandarin orange trees as shade trees, too, which adds to the sweet citrusy fragrance.
This is the first coffee we've had that we recommend roasting light. When we tried roasting our new Catimor to a very light 410 degrees, something magical happened. The Catimor bloomed with exactly those fruity, lemony flavors so prized by lovers of light roasts, but with none of the usual downsides. The acidity is normal, and the body is full and rich. It is intensely flavorful: after an initial rush of lemon zest, you get layers of sweet molasses and butter, followed by a deliciously lingering finish with hints of caramel. It's wonderful served hot, and even better on ice. We consider this one of the top 3 iced coffees we've ever had.
About Mercedes Farm
Mercedes Farm is located at an elevation of ~3600 feet, in Peñas Blancas within the Isabelia Range, a protected forest area. Lushly green forests surround the coffee trees, and large hardwood trees provide shade and animal habitat throughout the farm. Several beautiful streams flow through the farm and provide natural irrigation, helping to contribute to the plump sweetness of the juicy-ripe beans.
In 2015-2016, the dreaded Coffee Rust (La Roya) devastated all their coffee trees... except for the Catimor trees, an heirloom variety resistant to the Rust. Catimor had been long overlooked, since the big coffee consortiums aren't interested in buying anything except basic Arabica, but it's an integral part of local coffee cuisine both in Nicaragua and Vietnam. We are so glad farmer Lorena came to us with her Catimor--it is amazing! Help us support this heirloom variety of coffee and together we'll help Lorena rebuild her farm.