Cupping Notes: Sweet Orange with a hint of Milk Chocolate
“Altisimo” means “the highest”. In the mountains in Northern Nicaragua lies a region where coffee is cultivated in fields above 5000 feet. This means a longer growing season, and more fats and proteins are developed within the seed. That means more flavor when we slow roast it in our Diedrich IR-12 infrared roaster.
We have been there often during the summer where it is long sleeve weather at night. Harvest time is between Christmas and Easter, due to the high altitude.
We have been fortunate to be there with our friends during the harvest, and participate in the very labor intensive process of picking, de-pulping, washing, sun drying, and sorting coffee beans. Once you have this experience, you appreciate all the work that goes into the production of a cup of deeply flavored, complex coffee.
We dump our Nica Altisimo in the beginning of the second crack, for a clear, bright flavor profile.
Pictured on the label are four of the grandchildren of Truman & Mirna, and two of the daughters of Laura & Michael, enjoying fresh coconut at Truman's home in Waspam. These are "altisimo" moments!