Quality Report - Nicaragua El Arroyo Maracaturra CM Natural

About This Coffee

Sitting in the famous coffee growing region of Nueva Segovia at 1250 metres above sea level lies finca El Arroyo – a farm with an abundance of nature. Producer Victor Lopez is committed to producing the highest quality coffee with the lowest possible environmental impact, and he successfully does this at El Arroyo. Only 10% of his farm is planted with coffee trees, and Project Origin are excited to work with him, for the first time in 2021, by sharing the small volume of high quality, environmentally focused coffee production from El Arroyo.

Victor has worked tirelessly to build an ecosystem fit to tackle climate change. He produces bananas and plantains that feed squirrels, birds, and insects, and grows tomatoes and potatoes to feed the workers. He provides free rent to the beehives that are left to pollinate in peace, and he leaves the canopy in its natural state, standing unpruned and proud. We are excited to taste the work of Victor, and with our partners Bridazul providing the access to local processing mills that he needs, we can look forward to a bright future of environmentally sustainable coffee.

Since 2019, Project Origin and Bridazul have collaborated on a joint initiative committed to improving the livelihoods and incomes of coffee producers in Nueva Segovia through improvement of farming practices and implementation of a range of carbonic maceration processing techniques. Through this collaboration, we can present Victor’s CM processed coffees from El Arroyo.

Farm Information

  • Origin: Nicaragua
  • Region: Nueva Segovia
  • Farm/Coop/Mill: El Arroyo
  • Producer: Victor Lopez
  • Variety: Maracaturra
  • Process: CM Natural
  • Altitude: 1250masl
  • Harvest: January - March
  • Sourcing Partner: Project Origin
  • Quality Score: 90

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Flavour Profile

  • Aroma: Tropical Fruits
  • Flavour: Strawberry, Pineapple, Mango, Jackfruit, Fig
  • Aftertaste: Lingering cacao aftertaste
  • Acidity: Jackfruit
  • Body: Pineapple, Mango and Strawberries
  • Balance & Overall: An overwhelming and complex coffee and full of flavour

Recommended Brewing Parameters

  • Espresso: 20g In, 40g Out, 27 Seconds
  • Milk-based (150ml): 23g In, 44g Out, 30 Seconds, 150g Milk
  • Pourover Filter (Chanho-Tornado): 15g In, 225g Out, 2 Minute 00 Seconds (45G Bloom, 30 Seconds)