Don Roger's Tropical Fruit Symphony (Natural) "Las Mercedes" Nicaragua

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 Farm: Las Mercedes
 Altitude: 1330 meters above sea level
 Region: Matagalpa
 Variety: Java, Caturra, Bourbon,Paché

Dry fragrance: Mango, tropical fruit compote, prunes

Wet aroma: mango, creme brulee top, strawberry, grapes

Taste warm: prunes, plum, butter, pecans, mango, peach, citric

Taste Cooling: Grilled mango, white grapes, sweet, white peach, grapes, pushpop of grapes, dark chocolate

Roger Mairena and his wife have a farm near the Arenal Nature Reserve. Don Roger has a degree in agronomy.
A stream begins on the family’s property, allowing clean spring water for washing coffee and for sharing with the community. The farm has a special system of PVC tubing with tiny perforations underneath the groves of trees so that runoff from washing coffee is filtered by the earth instead of polluting streams.
Don Roger takes pride in his ability to prune trees with special techniques, training his Bourbon to grow in even form next to his plot of Caturra. The Mairena Bourbon and Caturra are mixed 50/50 for a delightful cup with notes of citrus, great acidity, juiciness, and delicateness. Their Java is a rare variety adapted from Indonesia that, given the high altitude of the farm, makes for a flavor-packed cup with notes of milk chocolate, creaminess, sweetness, good body, and medium acidity.
Several years ago, Don Roger planted a grove of Paché seeds from Guatemala, which he thinks are a cross between Caturra and another Paché variety. This coffee won awards based on cup quality and sustainability practices. It has cupping notes of tropical fruits, citrus, nice acidity, and is sought after by buyers from Asia.

High-Quality Processing

Refractometers, ripeness teams and ripeness bracelets are used, treating coffee farms like fine wine vineyards whose fruits must be picked at peak ripeness. While other mills have eliminated human beings from sorting, Don Roger believes human eyes should give a last revision to your coffee on conveyor belts, ensuring that when the crops reach you they reflect all the hard work involved in growing them during an entire year. 

Social Impact - From The Collective

Social impact is the motivation of the farms social enterprise, and it is made possible by high-cupping direct trade coffees. We offer responsible producers access to credit in a country where access to credit is non-existent for most. Every week we give free computing classes that are 90% female to break through "cement ceilings" for women. When a young girl who lives near our farm needed an expensive operation because of genetic bone deformations, we obtained it for her as well as a handicapped-accessible house. Recently, we installed running water in a school far off the utility and water grids (we purchased all the supplies and the community helped with installation). We provide local schools with textbooks, desks, small libraries, and other educational necessities. Roasters are encouraged to get involved in these sustainable-development projects and to come see the results directly.

Environmental Sustainability - From The Collective

Shade trees protect biodiversity and add to the ecological sustainability of the mountains. On our farm, volcanic filters clean water run-off from washed coffee, and we compost coffee cherries for fertilizer. During visits to our farm and partner producers' farms you can see endangered three-toed sloths, toucans, howler monkeys, tree frogs, hummingbirds, and exotic finches. We even bought a neighboring rainforest solely to protect it. The Specialty Coffee Association of Europe Board of Directors voted to give us their Excellence Award in 2016 for our work on sustainability.