Varietal: Red Bourbon
Farm: Finca Limoncillo
Producer: Mierisch Family
Altitude: 850-1110 M
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping Notes: Milk chocolate, Dried Fruit, Almond
Recommended Roast: City+ to Full City+
Good for: Espresso, auto-drip, blends, full immersion
Description: Fincas Mierisch has a long history of producing very high quality coffees. Coffee from Finca Limoncillo was awarded 2nd place in the 2008 Cup of Excellence and has been used by two top 5 finishers in the World Barista Championship.
Named after the Limoncillo (a small type of lemon) that was already growing on the farm when it was purchased, the farm was purchased in 1930 after one of the Mierisch grandfathers made the transition from attending a military academy to civilian life. Limoncillo is the 2nd oldest coffee farm in the Fincas Mierisch group (Los Placeres is the oldest). Typica was the sole varietal grown on the farm up until the mid-1990’s, but due to climate change, unstable market pricing, and vulnerability to coffee leaf rust it was decided to diversify varietals and also focus extensively on quality over quantity.
All farms in the Fincas Mierisch group provide child day care services for workers and have access to elementary schools. Limoncillo, however, has its own primary school on site, and its own clinic. Child labor is strictly prohibited on all farms, and children are provided free meals during the harvest. Discrimination of any kind is also not permitted on our farms.
Being an UTZ certified farm, yearly training is provided in better agricultural practices to employees which has helped increase yield and cup quality while also lowering production costs. Any water used during the wet mill processing is recycled in a biodigesters in order to make sure that it is not contaminated. The natural and honey processes use very little to no water. Additional efforts are made to preserve, and grow, non- coffee trees on the farms. Trees not only provide shade and wind reduction, which benefits the coffee plant, but they also support the local wildlife and vegetation on the farms.