Eleane Mierisch (Washed Java) - Dried Apricots, Lemon Zest, Brown Sugar
Producer: Eleane Mierisch
Origin: Lipululu, Nicaragua on 13 hectares
Harvested: February 2020
Roaster: Drop Coffee
Roast Date: 30.03.2021
To the power woman in our coffee world - Eleane Mierisch and Joanna Alm.
Two Pioneers in excellent farming, transparent trading, superb roasting and idealism in a new world of coffee.
It is our third year sharing the work of those two with you and since Eleane is specialised in the processing of coffee, we thought it would be beautiful to share her dedicated work with two different processed Java lots.
This is the washed lot from her 13 hectares farm in Lipululu.
Through this processing the final cup results in delicate aromas of dried apricots & lemon zest with a brown sugar sweetness and a creamy chocolaty mouthfeel.
'A little fun fact on the side: Seedlings from her farm have been brought to the Rodriguez family in Bolivia where you recently just tried the Coco Natural by CC from. So we will see Java varietal harvest at the Rodriguez farm that have their mother plant on Eleanes farm in Nicaragua within the upcoming years.'
Happy Brewing everyone!
'This is the third year we are buying coffee from Las Delicias. The Mierisch family are producing very diverse coffees with dozens of different varietals and trying different processing methods with accurate, thorough processing at that.
You guest it, this coffee is not just great, it is delicious. But as you know, delicious coffee does not just happen. The owner of Las Delicias is Eleane Mierisch. Eleane is coming from a well-established coffee family that have several farms in Honduras and Nicaragua that has won several Cup pf Excellence thoughout the year. But, Las Delicias is the first one that is Eleane's own farm and this very coffee is just the forth harvest coming out of there, and Drop Coffee is proud to showcase it to you for the third year. The Java varietal gets more intense every year we get more vibrancy and notes of citric and apricot.'
About Eleane Mierisch and Las Delicias
Eleane is one of the leading lights in coffee processing in Nicaragua and Honduras. Much of the reason the coffee from the family Mierisch is tasting so clear and sweet, is thanks to their great processing, and Eleane is the one in charge of that. A job title normally dominated by men in Nicaragua.
Eleane comes from a coffee-producing family, but she had studied to be a nurse. She works in the family business for decades but has never owned her own farm – until a few years ago when she acquired Las Delicias all for herself.
Las Delicias is located in the region of Jinotega at an average altitude of 1450 metres above sea level, which is considered very high for Nicaragua. It is located next to another Mierisch farm, so Eleane knows the area very well, she knows the land and what it's capable of producing. On top of this, there is Eleanes' passion for coffee, and then you can start to understand why she wanted to produce coffee on a farm of her own.
The farm is 20 manzanas (about 13 hectares) in size and all of it is planted with coffee. Eleane is working with a lot of respect for nature and she always says "to be grateful to mother nature".
About the Java varietal
The coffee-growing at Las Delicias, is the mother plant to the Javas we are buying from Bolivia. Seedlings from Las Delicias were brought to Roudriguez' Alasitas to try out new varietals in Bolivia as it gives such a delicate, and sweet cup in Nicaragua.
Java is often called Longberry as that is just what it looks like - the berries and the seeds (beans) are long and slim. However, Java is the common name.
The Mierisch family are very active in social projects around the farms. Not only do they have a full-time kitchen team at their farms to make breakfast and lunch, with 1000 tortillas going out every day. They have also built daycare centres and schools for the workers' children, located at the farms. Children helping their families at the farms is common in Nicaragua, but instead, they are asked to go to the school or leaving the kids at the caretaker as they are working. The workers are also offered help with family planning, and medical advice from specialised staff.
The FOB price paid for this coffee is USD per pound 4,3 USD/lb.