I am so happy after lots of convincing to finally, and for the first time, share this direct trade coffee with you. It's a coffee I have been chasing for quite a while and at times I thought I may never get it.
This first came to my attention in 2008 when I got to try a small sample of the new farm whilst travelling in Nicaragua and visiting the sister farm, Limoncillo. The year before we had bought the amazing Limoncillo coffee for the first time and we needed to follow that up with something equally spectacular.
There was one coffee that really shone through that table, and it was from this newly formed farm. At the time the farm was called La Minita, and because they had just taken over the production, it was next to nothing.
I never forgot this cup and every year I followed this up with repeated requests to the family to be allowed to buy it. But again, because the farm was so newly formed and because of many many new plantings, the production was not enough for us to be able to go around.
For those in the know, La Minita is also the name of a very very famous farm in Costa Rica, and the family was worried this would cause confusion. So the following year it was renamed, and they changed it to something very fitting: Finca Mama Mina.
Owned by the Miresh family, this farm is affectionately named after Erwin, Stephen and Eleane's grandmother, Mina McEwan. Mina passed away in 2008 and it was seen as a fitting tribute to this amazing lady.
The farm is surrounded by trees and mountains, and in every direction you can look at the vastness of the forest that covers each of the high mountain ranges. It also has a huge amount of flowers planted around the farm, which as far as I can tell is because they wanted to make it the most beautiful farm they could. The perfume is amazing, and it's something they have also started to do on some of the other farms they own, like Los Miligros. I like this, as when something looks amazing it means that the workers on the farm take huge pride in their surroundings, and this is the cleanest and most organised farm I have visited in a long time.
Despite Mama Mina being one of the younger farms, I think it produces one of the best coffees; partly down to its altitude and its soil, which is rich in nutrients, but mostly down to the care and attention that's taken during the whole picking to processing stage.
In the cup it's very black tea-like, with more flower power than a bouquet of flowers. It has jasmine tones with a delicate and light body: a refreshing cup that cleans and excites the palate.
Farm: Finca Mama Mina Farmer: Dr Erwin Mierisch Region: Jinotega Farm Size: n/a Coffee growing area: n/a Altitude: 1250-1375 masl Varietal: Caturra Processing System: Fully washed