NICARAGUA BRIX BREAKER
When you want to measure the amount of sugar in a liquid, you use a measurement called Degrees Brix. Whether you’re looking at wine, soda, beer, maple syrup, honey, or coffee— you’re talking brix. So when these pacamara beans rolled into the roastery with “BrixBreaker” printed all over their burlap, we’ll admit we had some expectations. We weren’t wrong.
This bean is massive and extremely sweet. Pacamara is a cross between the enormous Maragogype varietal and the smaller Pacas. The Maragogipe has a lower yield but wonderful cup quality, while the Pacas is a tough cookie and can withstand gusty mountain winds and intermittent rains while producing higher yields. The goal in this hybrid was initially to combine the best of both worlds and make a more resilient coffee that was still packed with sweetness. After 30 years of work, the Pacamara was born and it didn’t disappoint. What the agronomists hadn’t counted on was a whole new world of flavor.
In the cup, this coffee is rich and wonderful. It smells of apples and milk chocolate. When you drink it, it floods your mouth with layered sweetness, leaving a lingering floral and pear finish. It has a very pleasant weight and consistency, much like a hot apple cider. We know you’re going to love this one.
This specific bean was a collaborative effort between two Nicaraguan farmers and their families. Don Manuel and Juan Carlos brought their best work together under the care and support of Gold Mountain Coffee Growers, with whom we’ve had a close relationship over a number of years. When presented with the opportunity to buy this microlot to share with you, we said yes without hesitation; knowing that not only were we purchasing exquisite coffee, but also investing in the incredible work that Gold Mountain Coffee Growers funds.
Through your purchase of this coffee, you can feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds goes to local Nicaraguan schools, credit programs, rainforest protection, computing classes, and so much more.
Manuel, Jessenia & son
Juan Carlos with Ben Turiano, our green bean buyer
Don Manuel’s well-organized crops