Around 20 coffee farmers contribute to this coffee, which grows on the slopes of the Cordillera Isabelia mountain range in Nicaragua. The combination of their efforts creates a sweet & creamy cup of coffee. Then, after cooling slightly, subtle tones of brown sugar, cocoa, and apple present themselves. This Nicaraguan coffee easily pleases a wide audience of coffee lovers with its comforting flavors. Cordillera Isabelia transitions the drinker into flavors matching the cooling weather.
At Blueprint, we source little Nicaraguan coffee. Of course, this speaks not to our views on the potential of the country. Instead, our Central American sourcing focuses more closely on relationships in Guatemala and El Salvador. However, a small gap in our relationship coffee offerings opened and this lot from Cordillera Isabelia in Nicaragua earned its spot by way of a few round of cupping.
Every coffee growing country has a long and distinct history. This history frequently has a character in the coffee. Strange, right? But, it makes sense when applied to any agricultural commodity. Weather, financial crises, and government interventions all affect the success of a coffee based economy. In 1998, a combination of a 30-year low in coffee prices and Hurricane Mitch lead to catastrophic economic conditions for Nicaraguan coffee farmers. In the following year, Nicaragua lost 50% of its export earnings to loss from the hurricane. According to research, an estimated 500-3000 farmers succumbed to foreclosure. Nicaraguan farmers lost the ability to reinvest into the following harvest. Additionally, this caused future losses in yield and quality. No government intervention existed to assist affected farmers.
During this period, Fair Trade certification was being established. It became the needed safety net for many struggling coffee farmers. In short, Fair Trade certification helped stabilize and restore Nicaragua’s coffee sector.
The impact of the coffee crisis has had long lasting effects in Nicaragua requiring well-intentioned leaders in the coffee industry to assist in their recovery. One of these actors is importer Caravela. They established their PECA program in Nicaragua to help the farmers continue to improve and sustain themselves. Two decades later, farmers still need support and good partners to make coffee farming economically sustainable.
brown sugar, creamy, cocoa, apple, caramel, nougat, mixed nuts, grapefruit
The seasonal and transparent coffee blend, Tektōn, chases a difficult goal – highlighting complexity while being approachable. Tektōn satisfies the novice or experienced coffee lover. Regular coffee changes throughout the year maintain balance and seasonality.
We commit ourselves to exhibiting the qualities of one of the most flavorful beverages in the world. To do so, we create and construct balanced, intoxicating, and special flavor experiences. Our single origin offerings are delicious and complete by themselves, but blending creates something new and unique. French wine and cocktails, like the Sazerac, guide us. By adding a small amount of five ingredients (sugar, bitters, lemon, absinthe, ice), a serving of whiskey becomes a new experience. This is a different, yet delicious, taste experience than that offered by any neat pour.
Tektōn, a seasonal coffee blend, compliments our single origin offerings. It matches the integrity of those offerings by remaining a seasonal coffee with a transparent supply chain. We embrace the future insight and taste experiences Tektōn will provide.
Version 17 blends two sweet coffees that are quite different from one another. Cordillera Isabelia from Nicaragua contributes sweet, nutty, brown sugar notes. Then, Worka – Legese Lemiso from Ethiopia brings the fruity and floral sweetness. Together, the coffees combine to create an experience not too different than fruity baked goods.
brown sugar, nutty, molasses, lemon, lime, blueberry
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