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This spectacular washed coffee from La Bastilla farms has been awarded Nicaragua's highest accolade - a winning place in the national Cup of Excellence. Scored with an SCA rating of 88 by national and international juries, it's a dazzling coffee with a creamy, full bodied profile and a riot of flavours and aromas: cherry cola, merlot, redcurrant, pineapple, strawberry and a floral hint. We loved it so much that we bought the whole micro lot!
Ingredients: 100% Arabica Coffee Beans. For maximum deliciousness, enjoy as soon as possible. If you have any left, just reseal the pack and keep in a cool, dark place. Roasted and packed in the UK by Taylors of Harrogate, HG2 7LD.
Free P&P / 120g / 8 cups
Single origin Red Caturra coffee beans
La Bastilla Estates, Datanli-El Diablo Nature Reserve, Jinotega, Nicaragua
Cherry cola, pineapple, redcurrant, merlot, strawberry, floral
Thousands of coffees are entered each year by many of the world's best producers, where they undergo a rigorous three-week tasting process - first by a jury from the county of origin and then by a larger international jury, all of whom taste the coffees blind.
There are 11 participating countries and each one holds its own annual Cup of Excellence. After the judging, the best coffees are sold in global online auctions, where they rightly command a high price.
Conceived in 1999, the Cup of Excellence project is run by a nonprofit group, and the vast majority of the auction proceeds go directly to the farmers.
(Pictured left: coffee buyer Becky Mundy visiting La Bastilla).
The farm, which has been running for over 60 years, is Rainforest Alliance certified and has won the Rainforest Alliance's coffee prize for excellence three times.
It's set in the beautiful Datanli-El Diablo nature reserve, which spans 6,000 hectares of natural forest, and houses not only the coffee estate but also La Bastilla Technical Agricultural School and an eco-lodge run by the school’s students.
The school, set up in 2005, is the first rural entrepreneurship school in Nicaragua.
It's funded by its own business initiatives, including the eco-lodge and a farm producing meat, milk, cheese and eggs. Profits from each business fund the education of the 43 students, who come from low socio-economic backgrounds - and many of the school’s students go on to work on the coffee farm. It's a fantastic producer, and we’re really happy to be able to support a business which is so socially committed.
We've been buying from La Bastilla for years, and this award-winning micro lot shows a fantastic producer working at the peak of its powers.
It also picked up the honour back in 2013 with a lot grown on a different part of the farm.
The farm has 18 different coffee growing 'zones', each of which has its own distinct flavour profile. The best coffee is typically grown on the two zones which stand at the highest altitude, El Chipote and El Buey.
It was a lot from El Buey that won the Nicaraguan Cup of Excellence in 2013, and this year it was El Chipote's turn. Cup of Excellence judges gave it an SCA score of 88.38.